Businesses fined, warned over COVID-19 mask violations

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) — Most Skagit County businesses are complying with emergency rules to curb the spread of COVID-19, but a few have been cited and fined for violations. Skagit Arms is the first Skagit County business to be fined by the Department of Labor & Industries for a COVID-19 mask violation. At least one other business was cited by the state Liquor and Cannabis Board and has requested a hearing. Skagit Speedway received a written warning for a large outdoor political rally held in October, though no fine was issued. Eight other businesses throughout the state also were cited and fined for mask violations in the past two months.