Two Washington counties are implementing outdoor mask mandates beginning Tuesday, forcing individuals attending large outdoor events to mask up and recommending them to do so in any outdoor situation where they cannot keep a six-foot distance.
The orders cover large events in both King and Pierce counties. Under the rules, those five and older must wear a mask outdoors if they are attending a large gathering, which is described as any event with over 500 people.
King County health officer Dr. Jeff Dunchin cited the “surge in delta cases and serious impacts” on the healthcare system, prompting him to promote “multiple, layered protection steps.”‘
“Most importantly, if you’re 12 years or older, get vaccinated. Wear a well-made and snug-fitting face mask any time you’re in indoor public spaces and crowded outdoor spaces, whether you’re vaccinated or not,” he said.
The order reads:
Masks are required at any