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Local mask recommendations lifted

PASCO — The Benton-Franklin Health District this morning rescinded it's recommendation for businesses to require masks due to the coronavirus.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.

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Roger Harnack is the co-owner/publisher of Free Press Publishing. Having grown up Benton City, Roger is an award-winning journalist, photographer, editor and publisher. He's one of only two editorial/commentary writers from Washington state to ever receive the international Golden Quill. Roger is dedicated to the preservation of local media, and the voice it retains for Eastern Washington.


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