Inslee urges Washingtonians to wear masks in indoor public spaces

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Governor Jay Inslee on Wednesday urged Washingtonians to wear masks in indoor public spaces, even if vaccinated. 

This comes as COVID-19 cases are on the rise across the state and matches the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. 

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On Tuesday, the CDC issued a new recommendation (not a mandate) for vaccinated people to wear masks in areas of high transmission. The recommendation comes as the Delta variant rages across the US, primarily in those who are unvaccinated. 

Inslee said all young people will still be expected to wear masks and continue following COVID-safe practices if they do not yet qualify for vaccination. 

He also added that all K-12 students and staff working in schools will be required to wear masks this upcoming school year. This maintains existing requirements for schools and is a legal requirement for all districts. 

Inslee went on to encourage all those who are eligible, including children over 12, to get vaccinated. To learn more about how to get a COVID vaccine, visit

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