|Health Officer Public Health Order Regarding Masks (8/13/21)|
If you are fully vaccinated:
The following information is copied from a WA State Department of Health document on face coverings.
People are considered fully vaccinated:
Two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, like the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, like Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine.
If it has been less than 2 weeks since your final dose, or if you still need to get your second dose, you are NOT fully protected. Keep taking all prevention measures until you are fully vaccinated.
Fully vaccinated individuals do not need to quarantine unless symptomatic but they should get tested 3-5 days after exposure if identified as a close contact of someone who has COVID-19. If 3 symptoms develop, follow isolation recommendations and get tested. Residents or employees of group settings, like a correctional or detention facility or group home, should quarantine and get tested if identified as a close contact regardless of vaccination status.
Currently, due to high COVID-19 disease activity in Washington state and across the nation, face covering or masks are required in public indoor settings regardless of vaccination status. There are limited exceptions to wearing face coverings or masks, and these are outlined in the Secretary’s Face Covering Order and FAQ.
In areas that are not accessible to the public, employers may allow fully vaccinated employees, whose status has been verified by the employer, to remove their face covering or mask while indoors. Businesses retain the right to require masks in their establishments for staff and/or customers, and to ask for proof of vaccination. Refer to L&I for current information on face covering requirements in the workplace.
If are not fully vaccinated:
- Wear a well-fitted mask and stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart in all public places.
- Keep gatherings small and outdoors or indoors with the windows open.
- Wear masks and stay 6 feet (2 meters) apart if you’re gathering with other people who are not yet vaccinated.
- If no one in your household is at high risk for severe COVID-19 illness, you can visit without masks and physical distance with one fully vaccinated household at a time.
- Get tested for COVID-19 if you’re experiencing symptoms or know you’ve been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Continue to avoid travel unless it is essential. If you do travel, get tested for COVID-19 before and after traveling and quarantine for seven days after traveling.