Washington state is requiring people to wear masks at all times in living areas on colleges campuses, including dormitories and Greek houses, following a series of coronavirus outbreaks.
The state is dealing with 35 coronavirus outbreaks at colleges and universities, Gov. Jay Inslee said Tuesday at a news conference. More than 800 cases are "directly attributable to these congregants living and social gatherings associated with campuses," the governor said.
Being outdoors or in “sleeping areas” would be the only exceptions to the order. Common areas will be limited to five people at a time. Colleges and universities must also provide quarantine facilities for all group housing, including fraternities and sororities.
Inslee also encouraged residents to limit the number of people they invite to their homes.
“We tend to feel safe in our own environments, in our own homes,” the governor said. “Covid-19 can penetrate any social bubble.”