Gov. Inslee says he won't re-implement mask mandate in Washington

In a wide-ranging press conference on Wednesday, Inslee said vaccination requirements for state employees will remain in place.

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Despite a rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said he is not re-implementing any mask mandates in the state.

“That’s not under consideration right now,” said Inslee, D-Washington.

Inslee said the vaccine mandate for state employees will remain in place.

“It’s the nature of the disease. We do not want our state employees to go to the hospital, or dying,” said Inslee.

He said an announcement could be made soon to exempt some state contractors

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