Mandatory Masks For Washington FRIDAY – All You Need To Know
Gov. Inslee's Order of mandatory wearing of face coverings goes into effect tomorrow (June 26th). No matter how you feel about the order, it's still good to know the parameters for this (In other words, don't like it? Remember the ballot box on Nov. 3rd 2020)
The order goes into effect on Friday, June 26 and applies to anyone who is:
- Inside of or in line to enter any indoor public space. This includes restaurants and private businesses
- Those Seeking health care services
- When outdoors, when social distancing is not possible
- Waiting for or riding public transportation
- Outdoors and unable to keep six feet away from others not in their household
- The order also requires face coverings outdoors when you can't stay 6 feet apart from others.
Here are the exceptions:
- Children under the age of five and people with medical conditions, mental health condition or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering.
- In no case should children under two years of age wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation.
- Those who are deaf or hard of hearing
- Excersing outdoors when social distancing
- While Sleeping
- When it is necessary to identify you
There are also situations when you can remove your face covering, such as when seated at a restaurant or when recreating alone.
You do not need to wear a cloth face covering in your home when you are only with people in your household, or when you are alone in your car.
You do not need to wear one when you are outdoors and people are far apart.
The Yakima County Sheriff has stated they will NOT be enforcing the face covering order. Stating on a recent Facebook post, "It is the position shared by of law enforcement throughout the state. Deputies will NOT be stopping, detaining, citing or arresting people who are in public without a face covering."
Businesses are required to have masks along with ALL workers. violators could face fines and possible loss of their business license.
Remember, if you have a medical condition, NO AUTHORITIES can inquire about it due to HIPAA laws. That information is between you and your doctor.
Some may be concerned about rights and being forced to wear face coverings as it may be unconstitutional. If that is a concern, remember to let your voice be heard next time you vote.
Yep, remember and vote.
All My Best,