Yakima Health District Issues Face Covering Directive
If you don't currently own or wear a mask you may want to think about buying one because the Yakima Health District has issued a Health Officer Directive for the public to use face coverings to reduce the spread of COVID-19. The Directive becomes effective on June 3 and means that everyone at indoor or confined outdoor public settings needs to wear a mask. The Directive is in place indefinitely or until the Directive is rescinded by Health Officer Dr. Teresa Everson.
The Directive applies to both workers and customers of grocery stores, pharmacies, big box stores, auto repair stores, pet stores. The masks don't need to be worn outside unless you can't maintain the 6-foot distance from others.
The Yakima Health District is partnering with the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management to distribute 330,000 masks over the next week throughout the community.
The Directive is based on individual compliance.
The news release from the district says "because face masks such as N95 respirators continue to be reserved for health care workers, residents should use fabric coverings such as cloth masks, scarves or bandanas."
There's no penalty for not wearing a mask but private businesses have the right to bar you from entering without a mask.