As Covid-19 cases are increasing in Washington, Governor Jay Inslee announced that students and staff returning to the classroom will be required to wear a facial mask.

"We have to remain vigilant and we know we have to take action. These numbers are going up dramatically."

A release from the Washington Department of Health:

  • All school personnel, volunteers, visitors, and students must wear cloth face coverings or masks regardless of vaccination status when indoors and on school buses.
  • Schools should maintain at least three feet of physical distancing between students in classroom settings, to the degree possible and reasonable, that allows for full-time, in-person learning for all students.
  • Schools must have good ventilation and indoor air quality, cleaning and disinfecting procedures, and continue to encourage frequent handwashing and good respiratory etiquette.
  • Students and school employees who have symptoms of COVID-19 or the flu should stay home and seek medical attention, which may include COVID-19 testing.
  • Schools must have plans in place to quickly respond to COVID-19 cases among students and staff.

For answers to your questions, visit the Washington Department of Health website.

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Governor Inslee also stated that fully vaccinated people may choose to wear a mask in public indoor settings. While it's not required, it's merely a recommendation.

Disney Parks announced today that guests and employees are required to wear facial coverings.

It'll be interesting to see if more businesses will require masks to enter their establishments.

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