North Central Washington Law Enforcement Leadership Group Press Release

Press Release:
In response to many inquiries on the Governor’s recent proclamation regarding face coverings, we want to communicate we will continue to focus on crimes and criminals which impact public safety. The statewide face covering order is a public health and safety measure, it is not a mandate for local law enforcement response. We encourage our community to take the necessary precautions to ensure the health and safety of all.

Statewide Mask Order Goes Into Effect June 26, 2020

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, a statewide mandatory face covering order goes into effect in Washington beginning June 26.

The state order requires all people older than 5 years to wear a mask or face covering when in an indoor public space, or in an outside public space when unable to physically distance at least 6 feet from others. The order is in addition to the other COVID-related guidelines all counties must follow in each phase of reopening. Physical distancing, appropriate and regular sanitation actions, and other requirements are still expected from people and businesses.

Gov. Jay Inslee and state Secretary of Health John Weisman announced the statewide order on June 23. At the time, a mandatory mask proclamation was already in place in Yakima County in response to increasing case counts and a potential to overwhelm the county’s health care system. Following reports of cases increasing in additional counties, the governor extended the face covering requirement to include the entire state.

“As necessary economic activity increases and more people are out in their communities, it is imperative that we adopt further measures to protect all of us,” Inslee said during the June 23 press conference. “Until a vaccine or cure is developed, this is going to be one of our best defenses.” 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people wear a mask in public settings to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Recent studies show a significant portion of people with coronavirus lack symptoms, and others can transmit the virus before showing symptoms.

There are some exceptions to the statewide order, including for those people deaf or hard of hearing who are communicating with others, or for people with medical conditions that make wearing a mask difficult. Children 3 to 5 years old are recommended, not required, to wear face coverings, and those 2 and under should not wear face coverings.

For more information about the state order, visit the Washington State Coronavirus Response website.

For more information about masks, visit the Washington State Department of Health or the Chelan-Douglas Health District.

Chelan County Resolution No. 2020-48


Whereas, on March 17, 2020, Chelan County adopted and enacted Resolution 2020-32 declaring an emergency in order to respond to the COVID-19 virus pandemic emergency, and

Whereas, Resolution 2020-32 listed findings and conclusions supporting the emergency declaration and the county’s response thereto, including reliance on Governor Inslee’s COVID-19 proclamations and the activation of the county’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, and

Whereas, since Resolution 2020-32 was adopted and enacted, Governor lnslee has issued further proclamations related to the COVID-19 emergency including Proclamations 20-25 and 20-25. l which direct Washingtonians to stay at home, and

Whereas, Governor Inslee extended the Stay Home, Stay Health Proclamation to May 4, 2020, in Proclamation 20-25.1, and

Whereas, Governor Inslee announced on May I, 2020, that he would again extend the Stay Home, Stay Health Proclamation to May 31, 2020, and implement four phases of easing restrictions enacted in previous proclamations beginning May 4, 2020, and

Whereas, the number of infected persons and fatalities caused by COVID-19 continues to increase statewide and in Chelan County, and

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED that the Chelan County Board of Commissioners hereby orders as follows:

  1. The foregoing recitals are incorporated herein as findings, conclusions, and orders.
  2. Previously enacted Resolutions 2020-32 and 2020-39 and the Governor’s proclamations, including but not limited to 20-25 and 20-25. l, enacting the Stay Home, Stay Healthy declaration through May 4, 2020, are incorporated herein.
  3. There continues to be an emergency which necessitates the continued activation of the Chelan County Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan, activation of the Chelan County Emergency Operations Center, and utilization of emergency powers granted by statute.
  4. Previously enacted Resolution 2020-32 and the orders contained therein is extended to midnight on June l, 2020, unless extended further at a later date by this board. Resolution 2020-39 is not extended and shall expire.
  5. The Governor’s orders, proclamations, and plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency including but not limited to those announced, adopted, and enacted May 1, 2020, and May 4, 2020, extending the statewide declaration of an emergency on May 31, 2020, are incorporated herein.
  6. Nothing herein is intended to be inconsistent with the Governor’s orders, proclamations, and plans related to the COVID-19 pandemic emergency including but not limited to those announced, adopted, and enacted May I, 2020, and May 4, 2020.
  7. This resolution shall become effective immediately.

Dated at Wenatchee, Washington, this 4th day of May, 2020.