A protective mask hanging on a front door. (Sound Publishing file photo)

A protective mask hanging on a front door. (Sound Publishing file photo)

King County to lift indoor mask mandate on June 29

About 1.3 million county residents have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series.

King County has met the 70% vaccination threshold, which means the masks are coming off.

King County Executive Dow Constantine announced on June 15 that 70% of King County residents ages 16 and older — or about 1.3 million residents — have completed their COVID-19 vaccine series, making King County the largest county in the nation to reach 70% among adult residents.

To reach the 70% mark, the county opened several mass vaccination clinics in areas hardest hit by the virus. The county also partnered with dozens of nonprofits to connect with hard-to-reach communities, and is working with schools and mobile teams to get the vaccine to all King County residents, Constantine said.

“People across King County have shown what’s possible when we work together to keep one another healthy,” Constantine said in a news release.

This vaccination milestone also brings the indoor mask-wearing directive to an end Tuesday, June 29, according to the county.

Ending the indoor mask directive by Public Health Officer Dr. Jeff Duchin in about two weeks allows time for full immunity to develop for the latest people who have been vaccinated.

People who are unvaccinated remain at higher risk for getting COVID-19 and spreading the infection to others, the county warned: “Therefore unvaccinated individuals need to continue to follow Washington state guidance and continue wearing masks indoors when around other people who are unvaccinated.”

Vaccines were first administered in King County on Dec. 16, 2020. King County initially set a goal to vaccinate 70% of its eligible population by the end of June.


In consideration of how we voice our opinions in the modern world, we’ve closed comments on our websites. We value the opinions of our readers and we encourage you to keep the conversation going.

Please feel free to share your story tips by emailing editor@kirklandreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kirklandreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) We reserve the right to edit letters, but if you keep yours to 300 words or less, we won’t ask you to shorten it.

More in News

Stock photo
Face coverings again recommended for indoor public settings

Regardless of vaccination status, says Public Health – Seattle & King County

t
Firearm violence in King County on upward trend

King County prosecutors note a backlog in court cases, point to the pandemic as the reason why.

Screenshot of King County Ecologist makes a PSA regarding water bacteria
Juanita Beach closed for bacteria levels once again

The beach is expected to be closed for at least a week.

infographic created by Coltura
Study suggests that the top 10 percent of gasoline-using drivers consume one-third of all the gas

Researchers believe converting “gasoline superusers” is an important factor in meeting climate goals

King County Logo
County property purchased in Bellevue for Eastside supportive and affordable housing

The $186 million project is expected to be finished by 2023.

Source: King County Medical Examiner’s Office
Drug overdose data shows an alarming trend in recent years

King County data indicates massive increase in fentanyl deaths from 2008 to 2020.

file photo
Eastside Fire and Rescue to share services with Woodinville Fire and Rescue

Eastside Fire and Rescue Board of Directors approved a ten-year agreement to share services.

Drop box at the King County Elections headquarters in Renton. File photo
What is ranked-choice voting and why does it matter?

King County leaders discuss implementing a new system that aims to better reflect the will of voters

Rendering of shoreline improvements at David Brink Park (courtesy of City of Kirkland)
David Brink Park to receive shoreline renovations this August

The park is expected to be closed for six months of construction.

Most Read