TRI-CITIES, WA- The Benton Franklin Health District issued a face mask directive Thursday afternoon to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the region.
Benton Franklin Health District Director, Dr. Amy Person said the use of face coverings will help prevent the spread of COVID-19 if everyone wears them.
Dr. Person has advised all residents to wear a face mask in indoor or confined public settings and stay 6 feet apart from anyone not in your household.
The directive is part of Gov. Inslee's Safe Start Plan that issues all Washington residents to wear a face mask in the workplace starting June 8th.
Multiple researchers said the face coverings help protect those from the virus while keeping droplets in the mask and not spreading them to other surfaces or others.
The health district has advised businesses to put up signs to advise guests and employees on when to wear face coverings on the premises.
For more information about the face covering directive visit the Health District website here.