Helping address the COVID crisis and recovery

Seattle and King County announced a Health Directive for all workers and residents to wear cloth face coverings in all indoor public settings and outdoor public spaces where maintaining social distancing could be difficult. The Directive took effect on May 18, 2020. For more information on what the Directive means for you and your community, visit kingcounty.gov/masks.

SEATTLE Protects was created to:

  1. Protect public health by helping businesses and communities access face coverings;
  2. Support local manufacturers and small businesses;
  3. Provide access to cloth face coverings to vulnerable populations by providing community-based organizations that serve immigrants and refugees, people experiencing homelessness, and older adults a place to source affordable face coverings; and
  4. Reduce competition with the health care sector for medical-grade masks

How to pick the right face covering manufacturer?

Here are some important questions to keep in mind when contacting and purchasing from these manufacturers: 

  • Does the manufacturer have material available to start production on your order?
  • When would the manufacturer be able to deliver your order? 
  • Can the manufacturer ship this order to you? If not, where would you have to pick it up? 
  • What is the manufacturer's return policy? 

Be Advised:

  • The return policy or any quality issues are matters that you should discuss with the manufacturer. It is up to you to develop terms that you feel comfortable with before submitting an order. 
  • All resulting transactions are between you and the manufacturer. It's up to you to negotiate price, set terms for payment, and arrange for delivery. 
  • This website is marketplace for businesses and communities to easily find face coverings of a certain quality at an accessible price. We have engaged companies from the Greater Seattle area to manufacture and be highlighted on the Seattle Protects website. Individual agreements between the purchaser and the manufacturer are independent of the City of Seattle. 

Many of the face covering manufacturers on this site were sourced from Seattle Made. Seattle Made is a collaboration of over six hundred urban manufacturers and producers-makers of everything from chocolate to kimchi, bicycles to biodiesel, and jewelry to jam-coming together to 'make it' in Seattle. Seattle Made's mission is to grow and support a diverse ecosystem of urban manufacturers and producers that expand opportunities for local ownership and meaningful employment, build our region's long-term resiliency, and celebrate Seattle's unique cultural identity. Thank you to Erin Adams and all of the members of Seattle Made for their support and guidance!

Disclaimer and Limitation of Liability

City of Seattle is not responsible for, and expressly disclaims all liability for, damages of any kind arising out of use, reference to, or reliance on any information contained within the Seattle Protects website, electronic communication or other documentation. While the information contained within the site is periodically updated, no guarantee is given by City of Seattle that the information provided in this website is correct, complete, and up-to-date. Although the Seattle Protects website may include links providing direct access to manufacturer websites, the City of Seattle is not responsible for the accuracy or content of information contained in these sites.  

Links from Seattle Protects website to third-party sites do not constitute an endorsement by the City of Seattle of the manufacturers or their products. The City of Seattle makes no representations or warranties of any kind, express or implied, as to the quality of the product sold and the services offered by manufacturers on the Seattle Protects website. 

Purchasing Face Coverings in Bulk for a Business or Organization?

All vendors on this site agree to sell face coverings in bulk between $5.00 to $7.00 per face covering. 

Minimum order information below:

Purchasing Individual Face Coverings?

Vendors in this section are offering individual or smaller volumes of face coverings. The prices and quality will vary between companies.

Want to Join the Seattle Protects Program?

If you are in the Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue Metropolitan Statistical area and would like to be listed on this website, please click on the "complete the application" button below to provide more information about your company, your production capabilities, and work processes.

To be listed on this site, you must fill out the application and be prepared to follow the design and materials specifications and the health and safety directive and requirements.

Complete the application

If you are a manufacturer interested in retooling your factory to produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and/or cloth face coverings, please visit Impact Washington.

Please note that the State of Washington is separately working with PPE manufacturers to explore ways to expand their production capacity to get Tier 1 first responders PPE. That is a different program from Seattle Protects.

Shifting your production to produce protective gear does not gaurantee that these items will be purchased. Face coverings that do not follow the specifications will generally not be accepted. Small shifts in design can be submitted for pre-approval. 

Specifications and Materials for Non-Medical Face Coverings

Download specifications and materials packet.

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Health and Safety Directive and Requirements for Manufacturing

Download the health and safety directive and requirements.

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Buy One, Donate One! How To Donate Face Coverings

Mayor Durkan calls on interested and able members of the public to donate cloth face coverings to help vulnerable communities stay safe and healthy. Cloth face coverings can be donated through the Seattle Mask BrigadeUnited Way's Donation PortalKing County Donation Connector, and Washington Mask Challenge

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Face coverings are being manufactured in the greater Seattle Area as defined by the census as within the Seattle, Tacoma, Bellevue Metropolitan Statistical Area (King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties).
  2. Maintain compliance with all current Federal, State, and local COVID-19 safety and health requirements for employers, including all updates from as updated by the Governor, the Secretary of Health, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  3. Manufacturer is paying its employees minimum wage.
  4. Manufacturer has and shall maintain, all required licenses and permits.
  5. Manufacturer maintain a high level of customer service and satisfaction during the term of this Agreement.

Yes. This program is designed partly as an economic development strategy for local manufacturers. "Local" for this program is defined as the Greater Seattle, Tacoma, and Bellevue Metropolitan Statistical Area. This area is within King, Snohomish, and Pierce Counties. Each manufacturer will attest that their face coverings are being manufacturerd within the listed counties during the screening process.

Yes, as part of this program you are attesting that you have access to the needed materials and can perform the work to the desired specifications.

The City of Seattle requires each manufacturing facility to certify that it is meeting the current state and federal standards for workplace safety, including implementing social distancing practices while working. 

Once you are confirmed as a partner, we will share your contact information and capacity to other essential businesses that are looking for non-medical masks. These businesses will then contact you directly to place an order. You are responsible for billing these clients and delivering the promised finished products.

Please send any in-kind donation opportunities to SeattleProtects@seattle.gov to support this effort and get these materials to producers.

Protective gear are non-medical masks that can be used by medical patients and front-line workers, including grocery store workers, delivery drivers, medical supplies providers, and others as an added precaution. Protective gear are NOT Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and have not been FDA-approved as PPE. Protective gear should NOT be used in place of N-95 masks, face shields, isolation gowns, or other PPE.

Protective gear will be used by medical patients and front-line workers, including grocery store workers, delivery drivers, medical supplies providers, and the general public, as an additional precaution to reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.

No, you will not be reimbursed by the City of Seattle for producing protective gear. Please note that shifting your production to produce protective gear DOES NOT guarantee that these items will be purchased, and we will be in touch with manufacturers if we are interested.

If you have additional questions or would like to learn more about the Seattle Protects program, please email us at SeattleProtects@seattle.gov.