Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that because of an increase in the rate of COVID-19 infection, starting next week, businesses statewide will not be able to serve customers who don't wear facial coverings. (July 2)
JAY INSLEE: Businesses will not be allowed to legally serve customers goods or services, unless their patrons are adhering to this requirement and are wearing face coverings. We're doing this for some very powerful reasons. First, we're doing this because of the extremely troublesome spike in the number of cases that we are experiencing across the state of Washington.
We knocked this virus down. We reduced the rate of infection, and that's because people did some very painful things in closing our economy. But now, we'd like to continue to reopen our economy. That can only happen if we drive down this rate of infection that is increasing, and that involves wearing more masks.
But it also means that we have a very, very low cost, non-injurious, almost universally available tool at our disposal. And that's a mask, which we know works. And it doesn't cause too much of a hassle beyond just dropping it across our mouths and our nose.