Updated mask requirements for employees now in effect

New mask requirements for Executive branch employees came into effect March 12, with masks now optional for most employees with some important exceptions.

Masks are now optional in all settings, including public-facing spaces, except on public transportation and in congregate settings and health care facilities, such as detention facilities and public health clinics, where masks will continue to be required.

Employees who work in the following settings are still required to wear face masks due to the nature of their work and to comply with state and federal guidelines:

  • Public transportation
  • Correctional facilities
  • Health care settings
  • Long-term care facilities.

Employees still have the option to wear face masks, even when they are not required. King County supports and encourages any employee who chooses to wear a face mask at work if it makes them more comfortable.

Superior Court and District Court will continue requiring masking in court rooms and in areas where work is done with members of the public. In all other areas, masking is encouraged for Superior Court employees but not required. District Court will continue to require that all District Court employees wear masks in all areas while at work.

Please see the Temporary COVID-19 Personnel Policy for more information.