Inslee expands virus mask order for businesses statewide

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Starting next week, bar seating will no longer be permitted for counties currently in Phase 3 of Washington state’s four-stage coronavirus reopening plan. And businesses statewide will not be able to serve customers who don’t wear facial coverings. Gov. Jay Inslee also announced Thursday that he is ordering a two-week statewide pause for counties looking to advance from their current stage of reopening and loosening of restrictions. Initially, only businesses in Yakima County _ which has been among the areas hardest hit by the outbreak _ faced liability if they did not prohibit allowing a maskless customer to enter a business.