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A surge in vaccinations has eased concern about service slowdowns ahead of a Monday deadline.
Governor’s mask order takes effect Sept. 13.
An agreement between the state and their union also provides for some leeway in meeting the deadline.
Inslee also ordered employees of public schools, colleges and child care centers to get vaccinated.
The superintendent of public instruction says the governor should require vaccinations for school employees.
The 2.5% hike in each of the next two years will apply to everyone: drivers, bikers and walkers.
Workers must do so by mid-October to keep their jobs. The order also covers long-term care providers.
In Monroe, two minimum security units will shut down soon, followed by the Washington State Reformatory.
As of June 30, bar-goers are able to stand shoulder-to-shoulder and diners can sit at restaurant tables that have long been vacant to reduce capacity… Continue reading
Agreements with 15 tribes await approval by the governor and the feds.
Meanwhile, fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks in most places, the federal CDC said.
A new law bars people from carrying guns within 250 feet of a permitted demonstration.
Inslee signs bill creating capital gains tax; foes are challenging it in court as unconstitutional.
Democrats used their majorities to muscle through social, economic, environmental and tax policies.
As wrangling over climate change policy continues, a major transportation package is pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, the Blake decision has gotten people out jail, charges dismissed and possibly clemency for some.
Gov. Inslee said an expected increase in vaccine supply enables the state to open eligibility.
A ban of that practice will be in place until the pandemic is over, Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler says.
He’s also extending moratoria on evictions and utility cut-offs and easing rules for nursing home visits.
The directive requires districts to offer at least two days of on-campus instruction per week for all grades.