As the concern over coronavirus rises again in Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new statewide rule to require people to wear masks starting Friday.
“Any facial covering that will cover the nose and mouth will do in this case,” Inslee said at a news conference Tuesday.
The requirement applies in any indoor public space, and also outdoors if social distancing cannot be maintained.
“When you wear it, it means you care about people,” Inslee said.
The new rule is in response to a major spike in cases in Yakima County, which has strained local hospitals trying to serve Covid-19 patients.
"There are no rooms available for this treatment in Yakima County," Inslee said, adding it is forcing new coronavirus patients to be moved to hospitals in other parts of the state.