Beginning Monday, September 13, 2021, you must wear a mask almost everywhere no matter your vaccination status. While the indoor mask requirement went into effect August 23rd, this is now a mandate for the great outdoors as well.  This now includes events where 500 or more people will gather, such as Seahawks Mask Requirement, Sounders Mask Requirement, high school football, fairs, and festivals. Smaller events are encouraged as well to ask for proof of vaccination or testing status, limit attendance or move the date. Check with your local school districts for updates on mask requirements and game schedules.

The daily coronavirus statistics released Thursday included more than 4,200 new cases, according to Inslee, and 252 newly hospitalized state residents who have the virus. The state reported 59 more deaths. “Almost all of them were preventable deaths,” said the governor.

In the past few weeks, the state has seen super spreader events in these venues.  Many high school games were cancelled this weekend due to cases and team quarantines.  The Delta variant is proving to be much more transmissible and less resistant to the vaccine.

Department of Health Secretary Dr. Umair Shah, says there were five events: “the Bass Canyon music festival and Watershed Festival at the Gorge Amphitheatre; the Omak Stampede; the Northwest Washington Fair; and the Grant County Fair.”

King County’s health department announced a similar measure, which took effect last Tuesday. Tacoma-Pierce County health officials ordered a mask requirement for the Washington State Fair in Puyallup, which runs through Sept. 26. Do not go to the fair without a mask. Washington State Fair Covid.

To avoid another full lockdown of the state and businesses, please consider complying.  To view the full press conference, it’s available at this link:  Governor Inslee Sep 9 Press Conference.

Marcee Maylin has a degree in Editorial Journalism from the University of Washington and 30+ years media experience. She is currently the Editor of the Everett Post dedicated to providing current, relevant, and entertaining content for the local community.