City of Walla Walla lifts mask mandate for vaccinated employees in most buildings

Walla Walla

WALLA WALLA, Wash. — The City of Walla Walla announced that its employees who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19 will no longer be required to wear a face mask in most buildings.

The new guidelines will go into effect on Monday for both city employees and patrons using community facilities..

“City employees who are fully vaccinated will also not be required to wear a face covering when working outdoors or traveling in a vehicle with other people, nor required to maintain 6 feet of physical distancing,” a press release says.

The Deputy City Manager of Walla Walla, Elizabeth Chamberlain, told KAPP-KVEW Friday morning that patrons will not be required to show proof of vaccination when using city facilities. However, the city is asking the community to be honest when entering a building without a face covering.

“For the public coming into our buildings, essentially honor system, we’re not going to be checking people at our front door,” said Chamberlain.

Chamberlain says Walla Walla employees will need to show proof of their COVID-19 vaccination to their supervisor to be approved for the new guidance.

A facial covering is still required in city buildings for those that are not vaccinated for the coronavirus.

The update is in response to the new CDC guidelines announced on May 13.