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Washington's indoor mask mandate ending 9 days earlier. on March 12

State follows CDC guidance as COVID-19 case rates continue to fall.


WALLA WALLA/COLUMBIA COUNTIES—Grocery stores, childcare facilities, gyms, bars, and restaurants are just a few of the indoor industries in Washington preparing for a sooner-than-anticipated mask mandate lift. Governor Jay Inslee Monday announced that Washington’s mask mandate will be lifted on March 12, instead of the original March 21 date.

The announcement was made in a joint statement with the governors of California and Oregon, following updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“We’ve continued to monitor data from our state Department of Heal...

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