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The long and short of it: Wearing masks slows coronavirus spread

Series: Coronavirus | Story 237

Last updated 7/14/2020 at 2:22pm

Bob Sears

Bob Sears captured Zach Bloomfield and his daughter on their way to Brackett's Landing on a summery Monday, July 6, in Edmonds.

This photo can serve as a reminder that new face-covering requirements go into effect Tuesday, July 7. Businesses will not be able to serve customers or visitors who aren't wearing face coverings.

According to the state Department of Health, this measure aims to counteract the record-high levels of COVID-19 activity in the state as counties have begun to reopen. Face coverings, when combined with keeping 6 feet of physical distance and frequent hand-washing, can significantly slow the spread of the virus.

Individuals with certain health or medical conditions or disabilities are exempt from the requirement to wear a face covering.

Businesses can offer to provide accommodations such as curbside pick-up, delivery, scheduling of visits during non-peak hours or virtual meetings.

No one is required to carry proof or documentation of their health condition or disability.


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