Alaskans heading through the Seattle area should know that there are new rules that have taken effect: SeaTac Airport requires passengers to wear face masks, as does all of King County to the north of the airport. These directives went into effect on Monday.

King County’s directive is that people must wear a face covering when they are at any indoor or outdoor public space where they may be within 6 feet of someone who does not live with them.

A face covering is not needed when people are outside walking, exercising, or otherwise outdoors if they are able to regularly stay 6 feet away from other people who do not live with them. The instructions from the county specify cloth masks, not medical masks.

Read the rules for King County here.

At SeaTac Airport, all passengers, visitors, and workers in the public areas are required to wear face coverings. You’ll see signage and reminders to honor physical distancing.

By June 1, new plastic barriers will separate travelers and airport employees, and the spaces will be reconfigured to create more physical distancing in queues.

SeaTac has an aggressive frequent sanitizing program with medical-grade cleaning products. By June 9 the airport will be requesting approval from the Port of Seattle to implement temperature checks for all departing and arriving international travelers.

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