King County Reinstates Mask Mandate For Large Outdoor Events

SEATTLE (AP) – Due to a surge in COVID-19 cases Washington state’s most populous county is reinstating outdoor mask mandates for large events and strongly encouraging people to wear masks in other outdoor settings when they can’t remain six feet apart.

In a statement Thursday Public Health – Seattle & King County said as of Sept. 7 there will be a requirement for facemasks for outdoor events of 500 or more people.

The directive applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people over age 5.

The recommendation for outdoor masks when people are unable to socially distance from non-household members is also for people 5 and up regardless of vaccination status.

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