Face Coverings and Children

Beginning Friday, June 26, Washington State will require face coverings including children ages 5 and over and strongly encouraged for ages 2-4. Here are some answers to questions that parents and caregivers may have about face coverings and children.

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COVID-19 and Unrecognized Realities Experienced by Black People

Face coverings help protect our community from COVID-19. Unfortunately many members of the Black community are concerned that wearing face coverings may lead to dangerous and harmful encounters with law enforcement or other community members. Racism influences perceptions of face coverings and those wearing or not wearing them.

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Not Everyone Needs to Wear a Face Covering. But Why? 

There are some people who are unable to wear face coverings for good reasons, including people with disabilities, children, and those with specific health or safety concerns. That’s why not everyone needs to wear a face covering.

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