Seventeen states and the District of Columbia require everyone to wear masks in K-12 schools. Six states prohibit any such requirement, and 24 states leave the decision up to local school districts. Two states have had mask mandate bans overturned, and Florida had an overturned ban reinstated.
This requirement applies to all people, both vaccinated and unvaccinated, 5 years of age and older.
CDC’s reversal on mask recommendations led to more disagreement between Republican and Democratic politicians over masks and other pandemic-related public health precautions.
Given the high mixing of vaccinated and unvaccinated people in schools and the fact that vaccines are not available to children younger than 12, universal masking will be required in all K-12 schools.
COVID-19 rates are increasing across the region largely due to the spread of the more contagious delta variant.
Masks help prevent the spread of COVID-19, yet masking policies in the West have featured some spectacular policy wrong turns.
Unvaccinated people will need to continue wearing masks in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces.
Best practices for children of all ages.
More than 85% of observed King County residents masked up in public, UW researchers find in partnership with King County and the Washington State Department of Health
Here are three tips that might help make face coverings part of your routine.
Cloth Face Coverings: The Dos and Don’ts of wearing them – Tips from the Washington State Department of Health
Health officials urge everyone to wear a face covering at any indoor or outdoor public space where you may be within 6 feet of someone who doesn’t live with you