Governor Inslee issues statewide order directing businesses to require and enforce the use of face coverings by all customers or clients 

Face coverings are now required statewide in all public spaces because they are effective in slowing the spread of COVID-19, especially when combined with 6 feet of physical distance.

Businesses with questions about the face covering orders or any other Safe Start related questions can contact the state’s Business Response Center.

Customers who are concerned that a business is not adequately enforcing the face mask order or other Safe Start requirements can submit an anonymous complaint here.

Additional information and commonly asked questions is available at www.coronavirus.wa.gov/masks and www.doh.wa.gov/masks. If you’re an employer and have questions about the order regarding face coverings for employees, visit the state Department of Labor & Industries common questions page.

On July 1, 2020, Benton-Franklin Health District (BFHD) Health Officer, Dr. Amy Person issued a local health officer directive  for businesses to require the public to use face coverings or refuse service to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The directive took effect on July 6, 2020.

No individual may enter a place of business, whether the business is operating indoors or outdoors, without first donning a face covering, unless the individual does so under circumstances expressly exempted from this requirement under Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03

Nothing in this Directive reduces or eliminates the requirements imposed by Directives and Orders from the Local Health Officer, Governor, or other regulatory local, state, or federal agency including employer specific directives from the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.

All members of the public are required by law to comply with this order, and violaters may be subject to penalties pursuant to RCW 70.05.120(4) and WAC 246-100-070(3).

ADDITIONALLY, in furtherance of this directive and for general awareness: Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03, issued on June 24, 2020, found here, is incorporated by reference, may be amended as is necessary, and all such amendments are also incorporated by reference

This Directive shall be in effect until rescinded or superceded by subsequent order of the Local Health Officer.

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