Updated WSU Guidance on Face Coverings

3/2/22 Update: WSU is adopting new face covering guidance in keeping with relaxed requirements being implemented by the state of Washington. Beginning March 12, masks no longer will be required to be worn in a majority of WSU buildings. That includes classrooms, residence halls, recreation centers and dining halls. Face coverings will still be required on public transit and by those inside medical facilities, including Cougar Health Services and counseling centers, in keeping with Gov. Jay Inslee’s latest guidance and federal requirements.

2/14/22 Update: WSU will remove its mask mandate for large outdoor events, effective February 18, 2022, in accordance with the new state of Washington guidance. Masks are still required in all indoor WSU locations.

1/7/22 Update: Masks are still required in all indoor WSU locations. Given the high transmission rate of the Omicron variant, the mask requirement now extends to fully-vaccinated instructors, even if physical distance can be maintained. Cloth masks, face shields, and neck gaiters have been shown to be less effective against Omicron. KN95, KF94, surgical masks, or their equivalents are recommended. We are making these more robust masks available in administrative offices across the system.

9/13/21 Update: Washington state Governor Inslee has updated Proclamation 20-25.17 to extend the face covering mandate to any outdoor event with 500 or more attendees. 

8/18/21 Update: Washington state Governor Inslee announced that the existing statewide indoor mask mandate will be expanded to include vaccinated individuals effective Monday, August 23, 2021. This includes all public WSU locations, including classrooms. There will be limited exceptions to this for vaccinated individuals, such as office spaces not easily accessible to the public or when working alone indoors with no public face-to-face interaction.

Please see WSU’s Mask Mandate FAQs for more information.