Clallam County’s indoor masking order now lifted March 11, following updated CDC recommendations

Clallam County’s indoor masking order now lifted March 11, following updated CDC recommendations

Clallam County’s public health order requiring masking in indoor public places will be rescinded ahead of schedule. That order will now be lifted Friday, March 11 at 11:59 p.m., the same time Washington State lifts its masking order, also ahead of schedule.

The date changes follow updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released last week.

“I’m making this difficult decision because I don’t think we can maintain our mask mandate any longer than the state does,” said Dr. Allison Berry, Clallam County Health Officer. “However, I continue to strongly recommend masking in indoor spaces until our case rates reach a safer threshold.”

The current two-week case rate in Clallam County is 450 per 100,000 people. Dr. Berry recommends achieving a case rate of less than 100 cases per 100,000 people over a 14-day period before unmasking in indoor spaces. She recommends high-risk people wait until that rate drops below 50.

The health order that requires bar and restaurant patrons aged 12 and over to be fully vaccinated if they dine indoors will also be lifted on March 11. Dr. Berry encouraged the community to support the decision of any company that chooses to maintain a masking policy.