On July 2nd, Gov. Jay Inslee and Sec. of Health John Wiesman today announced a statewide requirement for businesses to require face coverings of all employees and customers.
As of July 7th, all employers are to require and enforce the use of face coverings by all customers and visitors. This is in addition to all employees required to wear a cloth facial covering, except when working alone in an office, vehicle, at a job site or when the job has no in-person interaction.
Under this proclamation, businesses may not serve any customer, services or goods, if they do not comply with the state-wide face covering order.
The extension comes in response to growing case counts in counties across the state, and after last week’s proclamation mandating the same requirement of businesses in Yakima County.
“We’re doing this because of a spike in cases of COVID-19 all over the state,” Inslee said. “The better we can protect ourselves from the virus, the better we can avoid repeating some of the painful measures we had to take in the spring to shutdown the economy.”