San Francisco Chronicle

State broadens mask mandate


Gov. Jay Inslee says the state’s indoor mask mandate will be expanded starting Monday to include outdoor events with 500 or more attendees, regardless of vaccinatio­n status.

The new requiremen­t comes days after a similar outdoor mask mandates took effect in the state’s two most populous counties, King and Pierce, due to rising coronaviru­s cases.

An indoor mask mandate, regardless of vaccinatio­n status, has been in place in Washington since Aug. 23.

Last month, Oregon was the first state to restore a statewide mask requiremen­t for outdoor public areas where people are close together.

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