Mask Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities Relaxed as Inslee Aims to Counter 'Stark Social Isolation'


Life at long-term care facilities will be getting closer to normal again.

On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee aligned long-term care visitation guidelines to match the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The change means  fully vaccinated residents can meet with one another and participate in group activities without masks.

"This change reflects the continuing progression towards returning long term care facilities to a more normal state by allowing residents to have greater contact with their fellow residents, reducing the stark social isolation many have faced during the past year," a release from Inslee's office says.

While fully vaccinated people can enjoy more freedoms, there are still lots of Washington state residents who have yet to get vaccinated.

As of Monday, 41% of residents statewide have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. In the meantime, case rates and hospitalizations are still increasing.


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