Gov. Inslee announces expansion of mask mandate expansion and vaccine requirements for school and childcare employees
Gov. Jay Inslee today announced a vaccination requirement for employees working in K-12, most childcare and early learning, and higher education, as well as an expansion of the statewide mask mandate to all individuals while indoors, regardless of vaccination status.
The vaccination requirement will include
-K -12 educators, staff, coaches, bus drivers, volunteers and others working in school facilities will have until Oct. 18 to be fully vaccinated as a condition of employment. This includes public, private and charter schools. This does not impact students, regardless of age.
-Licensed, certified and contracted early learning and childcare programs
-License-exempt early learning, childcare and youth-development programs
-Contractors (coaches, volunteers, trainers)
Everyone, regardless of vaccination status, will be required to wear face coverings in indoor public places beginning Monday, Aug. 23
Face coverings are strongly recommended (but not required) in crowded outdoor settings, like fairs, concerts and markets. The mask mandate will apply to nearly all public places, including: Restaurants, Grocery stores, shops, malls and public-facing offices, regardless of vaccination status.
The mandate will include limited exceptions when face coverings won’t be required, such as office spaces not easily accessible to the public where individuals are vaccinated, and when working alone indoors or in a vehicle with no public face-to-face interaction.
Small, private indoor gatherings where all attendees are vaccinated are also exempt from the mandate. Mask mandate: Gov. Inslee announced today that the existing statewide mask mandate that requires people who are not fully vaccinated to wear face coverings in indoor public places will be expanded to include people who are vaccinated.
We will share more information as it becomes available.