Governor Inslee and the Secretary of Health have signed a proclamation requiring all persons to wear a face covering in public in response to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Washington State, beginning Friday, June 26, 2020.
However, the order does not apply to all persons, and contains a few exceptions. The order states as follows:
Every person in Washington State must wear a face covering that covers their nose and mouth when in any indoor or outdoor public setting, including, but not limited to:
- Inside any building, including, but not limited to, any business, that is open to the public;
- In healthcare settings, including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician’s or dentist’s office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank;
- While in line waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit, or while riding in a taxi, private care service, ride-sharing vehicle, or other for hire vehicle; and
- In outdoor public areas, including but not limited public parks, trails, streets, sidewalks, lines for entry, exit, or service, and recreation areas, when a distance of at least six feet cannot be maintained from any non-household member.
Individuals may remove their face coverings when in public settings under the following circumstances:
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Does the Governor’s face mask order impact your Concealed Pistol License?
On Tuesday, Governor Jay Inslee ordered that all persons must wear a face mask in public when unable to social distance. Does this order impact your rights under a Concealed Pistol License (CPL)?
Althauser Rayan Abbarno, LLP Attorneys have received calls from Lewis and Thurston County residents wanting information regarding the ability to carry a pistol concealed with a valid Concealed Pistol License (CPL) while wearing a face mask, in compliance with the COVID-19 health orders.
It is legal for the holder of a valid CPL to carry a pistol concealed on his or her person while wearing a face mask. Many residents have referenced RCW 9.41.070, but there is no provisions preventing the wearing of face masks or covering. Several other states have a regulation that prevents those with a face covering from carrying a firearm, but Washington state does not have such a law.
Our attorneys have also received calls that local law enforcement is not processing Concealed Pistol Licenses at this time. Due to the backlog of requests, many local law enforcement agencies require appointments for fingerprinting and processing of CPLs. Here is a list of local agencies to call for more information or to schedule an appointment:
- Lewis County Sheriff’s Office: (360) 748-9286
- Centralia Police Department: (360) 330-7680
- Chehalis Police Department: (360) 748-8605
- Thurston County Sheriff’s Office: (360) 786-5500
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