Monday, May 17, 2021

Washington State Housing Laws & New Mask Guidelines

The Washington Multifamily Housing Association provided the following advisory for rental owners in the State of Washington:

On Thursday, Governor Inslee announced Washington will fully reopen by June 30, 2021, if not sooner when the state reaches a 70% vaccination threshold.

Governor Inslee also announced that effective immediately, the state of Washington will adopt the CDC guidelines for fully vaccinated people regarding mask use. If an individual is fully vaccinated, there is no requirement to wear a mask outdoors or indoors. "Fully vaccinated" means two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, and 2 days after receiving the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Mask requirements remain for those who are unvaccinated, or who have not yet been fully vaccinated. 

It is an individual business decision whether to require masks of all customers or to adopt the CDC guidelines permitting fully vaccinated individuals to go mask-less. Updated guidance for businesses will be published by the Governor's office regarding business compliance with mask mandates in the coming days and we will update our Reopening Guidance for Businesses Resource page accordingly.

Please note, under recently passed legislation, housing providers are prohibited from inquiring about, considering, or requiring disclosure of a tenant's or prospective tenant's medical records or history, unless such disclosure is necessary to evaluate a reasonable accommodation request or reasonable modification request. 

Property management professionals cannot require disclosure of the vaccination status of residents or prospective residents who no longer wear a mask within residential communities.  

Masks continue to be required on planes, trains, and automobiles and other forms of public transportation traveling into and within transportation hubs such as airports and stations.

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