From a July 8, 2020, Snohomish County Executive press release.
After hitting a two-week plateau, the COVID case rate in Snohomish County dropped from 69 to 60 new cases per 100,000 population.
With more activities open, we need to stay focused and keep cases down. Vax up, wash your hands, stay home if sick, and keep a mask handy – depending on where you go, you’ll need it.
All people, regardless of vaccination status, are still required to wear masks in certain places, such as public transportation, schools and health care settings.
In most other settings, people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask.
However, the Secretary of Health’s mask order has been amended to say that no one is required to wear a mask outdoors.
People who are unvaccinated are strongly encouraged to wear a mask in crowded outdoor settings, such as at sporting events, fairs, parades, concerts, and similar settings where it’s harder to maintain physical distance.
No one is required to wear a mask during outdoor sports practice or competition, while swimming or when engaged in water sports and recreation.
People who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask when in indoor public settings, as well as during indoor sports practices and competitions.
There will be some limited exceptions that will be designated by the Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Details and future updates will be through the Governor’s Office and DOH websites.
The settings in which all people, including people who are fully vaccinated, are required to wear masks include:
- Child care facilities, camps, K-12 schools, and other youth settings where children are present or expected to be present;
- Health care settings, in accordance with CDC health care infection prevention and control recommendations;
- Correctional facilities in areas where incarcerated individuals are present or expected to be present;
- Homeless shelters in areas where individuals being served are present or expected to be present; and
- Public transportation and transportation hubs, including airports, bus or ferry terminals, train and subway stations. Note that the Health District supports transportation agencies excluding or disembarking riders who decline to wear a mask.