Current Mandates and Health Orders
*Beginning Monday, Jan. 11, all counties/regions in Washington are subject to the public health measures outlined in the governor’s regional-based Healthy Washington plan (PDF). Detailed guidance and information is available on the governor's website. Visit coronavirus.wa.gov to find your county's phase. If you think a business isn't operating in compliance with the Safe Start plan, you can anonymously report a violation.
There are four public orders that combined, emphasize the importance of wearing cloth face coverings and recommend and/or require people to wear them in public places. When more Washingtonians wear face coverings in public, the effect can greatly reduce transmission of COVID-19 from person-to-person, saving lives and helping open the economy safely and wisely.
Guidance for Wearing Masks
- Masks should be worn any time you are traveling on a plane, bus, train, or other form of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and in U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations.
- Everyone 2 years and older should wear masks in public.
- Masks should be worn in addition to staying at least 6 feet apart, especially around people who don’t live with you.
- If someone in your household is infected, people in the household should take precautions including wearing masks to avoid spread to others.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before putting on your mask.
- Masks may not be necessary when you are outside by yourself away from others, or with people who live in your household. However, some areas may have mask mandates while out in public, so please check the rules in your local area (such as in your city, county, or state). Additionally, check whether any federal mask mandates apply to where you will be going.
Certain groups of people who may find it difficult to wear a mask
Some people should not wear cloth face coverings:
- Children under two years of age.
- People who have disabilities that prevent them from comfortably wearing or taking off face coverings or prevent them from communicating while wearing face coverings.
- People who have respiratory conditions or breathing trouble.
- People who have been told by a medical, legal, or behavioral health professional not to wear face coverings.
Any of us can carry the virus and not realize we’re spreading it when we talk, cough or sneeze. Regardless of your vaccination status, you should still take steps to protect yourself and others while in public settings. This includes wearing a mask, staying at least six feet apart from others, and avoiding crowds and poorly ventilated spaces. In addition, you should still avoid medium or large-sized gatherings and continue to watch for symptoms of COVID-19, especially if you’ve been around someone who is sick. If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing many things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic. Choosing safer activities can help keep you and your loved ones healthy.