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