Businesses to turn away customers without masks amid virus

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Residents in Washington state must wear facial coverings inside businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants or be asked to leave under a new statewide order in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the new mandate last week. It prohibits a business from allowing a customer to enter a business, or conducting business with a customer, if they are not wearing a facial covering in any public space, indoor our outdoors. The mandate comes as the state has seen a spike in new cases. The requirement took effect Tuesday.  

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