‘No mask, no service’ rule announced for Tri-Cities businesses

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TRI-CITIES, Wash. — A “no mask, no service” rule will go into effect for Benton and Franklin county businesses on Monday, July 6, according to the Benton-Franklin Health District.

The rule will require businesses to refuse service to customers who do not where a mask. It’s unclear how the rule will be enforced, if at all.

Benton-Franklin Health Officer Dr. Amy Person made the announcement during a news conference Wednesday in which community leaders from across the Tri-Cities region discussed efforts to exit Phase 1 of the state’s reopening plan. City leaders emphasized that wearing masks will be key for businesses to reopen safely.

Just over a week ago, Gov. Jay Inslee ordered Yakima County businesses to refuse service to people who don’t wear masks.

Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties are considered coronavirus hotspots and are the only three counties in the state that remain in Phase 1.