Local mask recommendations lifted
Last updated 5/25/2021 at 9:21pm
PASCO — The Benton-Franklin Health District this morning rescinded it's recommendation for businesses to require masks due to the coronavirus.
“With the availability of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 disease and transmission rates are improving in Benton
and Franklin counties,” local Health Officer Dr. Amy Person. “It’s no longer necessary for our counties to have mask directives above and beyond the order from the Secretary of Health."
The Health Department suggested in summer 2020 that businesses tell customers "no mask, no service." It also recommended that everyone wear masks in public.
Rescinding those recommendations don't mean the coronavirus outbreak is over, but that vaccines are working, Pearson said.
"We encourage everyone age 12 and over to get vaccinated," she said.
Those who are not vaccinated should still wear a mask, she said.