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Washington state mask mandate ending on March 21

Washington was one of three states with no guidance on ending the mask mandate prior to the announcement.

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[OLYMPIA, Wash.] – (MTN) Governor Jay Inslee announced the statewide mask mandate in public schools, and most indoor venues will end on Mar. 21. The announcement came a day after King County officials announced the requirement to show proof of vaccination at restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues will end on Mar. 1.

Gov. Inslee showed a forecast that indicates that on Mar. 21, new COVID-related hospital admissions would drop to a level that is sustainable for medical facilities.

Additionally, the state requirement to show proof of vaccination at large events will end on Mar. 1.

Counties, municipalities, and businesses reserve the right to require mask wear or show proof of vaccination after the mandates expire next month.

COVID-related hospitalizations are down 35% from the record-setting January peak. During the week of Jan. 16, hospitals teetered on the edge of moving to crisis standards of care. the pause on non-urgent surgical procedures announced in January, expired today.

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