State has fined 11 businesses over COVID-19 mask mandate

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — State officials say investigators have fined 11 Washington businesses accused of failing to enforce portions of the state’s face mask mandate. The state Department of Labor & Industries said Wednesday in a news release that Mail Express Business Center in Enumclaw got the largest fine at $7,500. KING-TV reports that investigators determined customers and employees there were not wearing masks and no signs were posted about the mandate. According to L&I, the owner told investigators she did not enforce masking because, “she did not want to be an unpaid agent of the government.”