Face Coverings

Starting Friday, June 26, 2020, all people in Washington state are required to wear a face covering when you are in any indoor or outdoor public area. This can be a cloth face mask, several layers of fabric tied behind the head, bandana, or scarf. It needs to cover your mouth and nose. Children under 2 years old should not wear a face covering. People who are unable to wear a face covering because of medical conditions are not required to. You can take off your mask to eat, drink, or communicate with someone who is deaf or hard of hearing. Order of the Secretary of Health 20-03: Face Coverings-Statewide (PDF)

Facial Coverings Required--Official Notice (downloadable 8.5x14 PDF)
Facial Coverings Required--Official Notice (downloadable 11x7 PDF)
 you may pick up a print-out of this official notice from our Jefferson County Public Health’s clinic door between the hours of 9 am and 4:30 pm, Mon-Fri
Jefferson County Health Officer Issues a Directive Requiring Masking in Public Places: Directive 2020-2 (issued 5/28/2020)

Washington State Department of Health 

  • "The Science of Masks" Research is continuing, and we’re still learning more, but here’s what the science is telling us

Community Face Mask Program

Join the Washington Mask Challenge. The Office of the Lieutenant Governor has partnered with the United Ways of the Pacific Northwest and Serve Washington to organize a statewide homemade mask-making initiative to encourage the general public to make, wear, and donate cloth masks. Visit www.wamaskchallenge.org for information.

Top 10 Reasons to Wear a Mask Washington State Department of Health

Reduce the Spread (PDF)


Face coverings: your questions, answered. Washingtonians must wear face coverings in all public spaces, and may be refused service at businesses if they don’t wear one. The state Department of Health and the state Joint Information Center are continuing to provide updated information, FAQs and resources about the state’s face covering requirements. The state’s coronavirus response website outlines requirements for employers, guides for businesses, details on who may be exempt and answers to common questions.

Press Releases

Jefferson County Public Health Press Release: Frequency Asked Questions Regarding Masking to Prevent COVID-19 Transmission (released June 9, 2020)

Washington State Department of Health News Release: Department of Health highlights importance of face coverings, shares additional information (released June 8, 2020)

Jefferson County Public Health Press Release: 05/28/2020 2020-2 Directive on Masking (released May 28, 2020)