Grant County Health Officer Doctor Alexander Brzezny has ended the mask mandate in Grant County, effective July 1, according to a news release from the health district.

The mandate began May 27, 2020. Grant County will now follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Washington State Department of Health (DOH) guidance on masking.

The decision comes after close monitoring of COVID-19 trends in the county and coincides with the state’s planned reopening of June 30. The incidence rate in Grant County has fallen to 110 cases over a 14-day period per 100,000 people, according to data from the health district.

“The pandemic is not over, however Grant County Health District encourages vaccinations as the most reliable method of suppressing and eventually controlling COVID-19 in our communities,” stated the release. “Masking is still appropriate in many situations.”

People who are not fully vaccinated should continue to wear face masks in public indoor settings, according to the release. Those who are fully vaccinated can resume activities they did prior to the pandemic without wearing masks or physically distancing except for where they are required to by state, federal, local or tribal rules.

Current guidance for masking in business places remains unchanged:

• Fully vaccinated employees do not need to wear a mask unless their employer requires it.

• Employers must confirm employees are fully vaccinated before removing mask requirements.

• Masks are still required in healthcare settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, schools, childcare centers and day camps regardless of vaccination status.

• Unvaccinated individuals are still required to wear masks in all indoor public spaces.

• Businesses may choose to require masks regardless of vaccination status.

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