Washington indoor mask mandate to end March 12

SPOKANE, Wash. — After 11:59 p.m. tonight, the indoor mask mandate will lift in Washington.

That means starting Saturday, March 12, regardless of vaccination status, you can go mask-free in most indoor public places.

Here’s where you do not need to wear a mask:

  • Schools, childcare facilities and libraries
  • Restaurants and bars
  • Churches, places of worship
  • Gyms, recreations centers and indoor athletic facilities
  • Grocery stores, businesses and retail establishments

You do need to wear a mask:

  • On public transportation
  • Healthcare facilities, long-term care settings
  • Correctional facilities
  • Some private businesses that choose to require masks

It was first announced the mask mandate would be lifted in Washington nearly a week from now, but the new date is based on new guidance announced last month by the CDC.

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