Gov. Inslee backs off mandates

COVID-19 restrictions to be lifted Feb. 18


Last updated 2/15/2022 at 7:21am

Gov. Jay Inslee

OLYMPIA – Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday, Feb. 9, backed off some of his coronavirus mandates during a press conference.

Inslee announced he is ending his call-up of the Washington National Guard, will allow non-emergent surgeries to resume and cut back on mask requirements.

"We are lifting our outdoor masking requirements by Feb. 18," he said. "Today is not the day to lift all of our masking requirements."

The governor said he'll make a decision on ending all mask mandates and make a related announcement next week.

"The day is coming very soon when we will not have a broad mask mandate for...

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