Gov. Inslee's press conference Tuesday began with yet another dire message.

He said his "R not" number claims that the number of persons infected by one person is on the rise.

  Inslee said the mandate of facial coverings will be legally required statewide starting Friday.  Punishable, claims Inslee, by a misdemeanor (willful not wearing). 

Children under five are not required, and those who have health issues that a mask would prove to be harmful are exempted.

Inslee paid lip service to the "painful closing of shops" but again put the virus ahead of the economy. He claims face masking is a way to replace lockdowns.

He also said he will sign a proclamation requiring all Yakima businesses to require their customers will have to wear some sort of facial covering.

Inslee said when we go to the grocery store and we feel chipper, we may be carrying it, not even knowing it, and spreading it to others.

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