Internal polling for Democrats must be really bad.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D) on Thursday announced his statewide mask mandate, including for schools will end on March 21.
Masks will still be required in health care settings.
Washington state will also drop vaccine requirements for big events beginning March 1.
Washington state’s indoor mask mandate has an end date. Gov. Jay Inslee announced that face masks will no longer be required beginning March 21 for most settings, including schools and childcare facilities.
The state will still require masks to be worn in health care environments like hospitals and dental offices. Masks will also be required in long-term care settings and correctional facilities. Federal law also requires masks in certain places like public transportation and school buses.
While masks will no longer be required in schools after March 21, districts will still be required to report COVID-19 cases. Students and staff with symptoms of COVID-19 will still be required to quarantine and follow CDC and DOH isolation protocol.
Employers will be required to follow safe workplace protocols, even after the mask mandate ends. Employers must notify workers of potential exposures, and larger employers must report outbreaks to the state Department of Labor & Industries.
Employers must allow workers to wear masks if they choose.
New Mexico lifted its statewide mask mandate on Thursday effective immediately.
Oregon, Hawaii and Illinois still have their indoor mask mandates in place.