Governor Jay Inslee today, February 17th, announced citizens will soon have fewer restrictions in the state’s COVID-19 response. Beginning March 21, face masks will no longer be required in most settings, including K-12 schools and childcare facilities.
Masks will still be required in health care settings such as hospitals, outpatient and dental offices, as well as long term care settings and correctional facilities.
In addition, beginning March 1, vaccine verification for large events will no longer be required.
Businesses and local governments can still choose to implement vaccination or face mask requirements for workers or customers, and school districts can still choose to have students and teachers wear masks. Federal law still requires face masks in certain settings such as public transportation and school buses.
The mask requirement was lifted once before in June of last year, after being in effect for a year, but then reinstated by late August.