In response to a growing number of coronavirus cases in Washington, Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday (June 23) announced a statewide mandate that requires facial coverings in all indoor or outdoor public places. The order, which will be issued by the Secretary of Health, takes effect on Friday (June 26).
The mandate specifies that children under 5 are exempt from the order, as are people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Masks can be removed while eating in a restaurant, or during outdoor activities either alone or with family members.
A violation of the order could carry a misdemeanor charge. Violations are subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and as many as 90 days behind bars.