Washington State Governor Jay Inslee said on Thursday that he will scrap the state’s mask regulations, including for schools, next month as the number of hospitalizations and the number of Covid cases continue. reduction.
The governor plans to end statewide requirements for mask-wearing duties on March 21, although Inslee said businesses, local governments and school districts may still have requirements. their own needs. Masks will still be required in healthcare facilities, public transit and correctional facilities.
Mr Inslee’s announcement follows similar moves to reduce mask quest in states like California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Oregon.
Inslee said hospitalizations were still rising and the state needed to be cautious. But he said the state expected the number of hospitalizations to continue to decline significantly in the coming weeks.
“We should be very pleased with the progress we have made,” Mr. Inslee said.
The Governor announced last week that state outdoor mask duty will end on Friday.
Washington State’s plan comes about two years after Inslee led efforts to implement pandemic containment measures during the region’s early virus outbreak.
The state has largely maintained a cautious approach, though last year’s retraction of mask requirements led to a spike in cases as the Delta variant of the virus increased across the country. nationwide, prompting Washington and elsewhere to reinstate restrictions.
Cases and hospitalizations rose again in December with the emergence of the Omicron variant, but the number of cases has dropped significantly in recent weeks. Hospitalization rates due to covid are down about 30% from their peak in Washington State.
Inslee also said he is ending vaccine testing requirements at major events, starting March 1.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/us/washington-state-covid-mask-mandate.html Washington State will drop mask-wearing mandates, including for schools, next month.