Today, the governors of Washington, Oregon, and California announced that, with declining COVID case rates and hospitalizations, plus changes to CDC masking guidance, all three states will be adjusting the end date to their statewide indoor mask requirements.
Instead of March 21, as was previously announced as Washington’s end date, the indoor mask requirement in Washington – which includes schools and school buses – will end at 11:59 p.m. on Friday, March 11. The first school day that masks will be optional at school and on school buses is Monday, March 14.
As you can imagine, there are still many details that need to be understood and decided. The Washington State Department of Health will be releasing updated school guidelines next week, which should provide more information and clarification for schools. We will share this information when it is available.
You can read the full announcement about the end to indoor mask requirements after March 11, here. This graphic was also released by the Office of the Governor:
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