PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Washington Governor Jay Inslee said schools in the state will follow the new CDC guidelines allowing only three feet of distance between students instead of six, with masks.
“We feel good that this is going to get more students back into classrooms in the days to come,” Inslee said.
The CDC said 6 feet of distance should still be maintained in common areas, such as school lobbies, and when masks can’t be worn, such as when eating.
Also, students should continue to be spaced 6 feet apart in situations where there are a lot of people talking, cheering or singing, all of which can spread droplets containing the coronavirus. That includes chorus practice, assemblies and sports events.
The CDC said teachers and other adults should stay 6 feet from one another and from students.
The Oregon Department of Education has also adopted the new guidelines.
Washington’s next tier of vaccine eligibility starts March 31. That includes people 60-65, 16+ with two or more comorbidities, people living in congregate settings (prison, group homes) and workers, homeless, restaurant, food service workers and construction workers.
2 million more Washingtonians are eligible for the COVID vaccine next week, Inslee said.