We have spent countless hours working with our parks and recreation departments in four different counties to make sure we have Plan A, B, C, D, E, to ZZ. We have had a constant line of communication with those that need to know. Some of y’all made up your own stories on what was happening with this event while you were in Cincinnati. Your rumors were comical and obviously not very well thought out. This is what I will tell you at this time: Hogan Park and their facilities are ready to host as of 1pm today. I won’t say 100% because I don’t trust our Governor. However, I am willing to say 90-95% that we will not have to steer away from Plan A or B.
As for the mask issue....
Where are mask or coverings required in Washington State? Here is the official answer.
A mask or face covering is required in all public indoor settings. They are also required in any outdoor public setting where social distancing of six feet isn't possible.
Basically, if its an area where people are in close proximity to those they don't live with, a face covering or face mask will be required. But there are some common-sense exceptions to this order.
Outdoor areas where people can stay at least six feet apart won't require face masks or coverings. If a face mask or covering would interfere with breathing during an outdoor recreational activity, it can be removed.
Also, when eating or drinking at a restaurant, a mask or covering won't be required.
Received this response from Jon Synder in the Governor's office:
"Whether it is practice in phase 2 or games in phase 3 there is no requirement, at this time, for masks while participating in team outdoor recreation, including baseball. With the new mask order announced yesterday participants would need masks when they are not actively participating in games, such as when they are waiting on the bench.
So our current guidelines for Players and Coaches will be:
Players and coaches do not need to wear face coverings while actively participating in practices or games or while in dugouts unless they can not socially distance. However--if player or coach wishes to use a face covering they may do so.
Our Guidelines for Spectators will remain the same with the addition of a face covering requirement IF you can not maintain social distance from other persons NOT in your household.