June 26, 2020
Washington Mandates Masks to Combat COVID-19
Updated July 8, 2020
The mandatory use of face masks is now in effect statewide. The order applies to anyone who is:
- Inside of, or in line to, enter any indoor public space.
- Seeking health care services.
- Waiting for or riding public transportation.
- Outdoors and unable to keep six feet away from others not in their household.
There are exceptions to this order for children under the age of five and people with a medical condition, mental health condition, or disability that prevents them from wearing a face covering. In no case should children under two years of age wear a face covering due to the risk of suffocation.
WSMA guidance on masks for patients
WSMA President Bill Hirota, MD, on “What your doctor wants you to know: Why wear a mask?”
WSMA President Bill Hirota, MD, on “What your doctor wants you to know: How to wear a mask safely.”
Download these videos and find more patient resources on WSMA's COVID-19 Patient Education page.
Washington state purchased 3.6 million cloth face masks to provide two masks to every person in Washington below 200% of the federal poverty level (which means, for example, a family of four earning $52,400 or less). They have already sent 2.8 million masks to local emergency management programs that are working with various community organizations and service providers to deliver to people who need them.
If you have patients in need, masks are available through your local public health department and other community organizations.
If you need masks for your medical practice, the WSMA is partnering with the Washington State Hospital Association, and its subsidiary Washington Hospital Services, to supply FDA-approved disposable ASTM Level 1 simple procedural masks to medical groups and physician practices throughout the state at bulk pricing. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Submit your order by 9 a.m. each Monday to be included in that week's distribution. Learn more and place your order.
State guidance on state masking requirements
State guidance on masks for your patients/office
Find more patient information and guidance on WSMA's COVID-19 Patient Education page.