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Morning Press: Washington mask requirement; Dining out in Phase 2; Pet groomer faces charges

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In case you missed them, here are some of the top stories from the week:

Washington issues statewide facial covering requirement

Citing ongoing coronavirus-related health risks, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday announced a statewide requirement for people to wear facial coverings in public settings.

The public health order, issued by Secretary of Health John Wiesman, takes effect Friday. The order requires face coverings when people are indoors in a public area, and outdoors in a public area when 6 feet of physical distancing can’t be maintained.

Battle Ground pet groomer accused of defying stay-home order

A woman is facing a criminal charge in Clark County District Court for allegedly violating Gov. Jay Inslee’s stay-at-home order, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, when she reopened her Vancouver pet grooming shop in May.

Court records show Kelly C. Carroll, 61, of Battle Ground faces a single count of violating an emergency order proclamation, which was filed June 5. Vancouver defense attorney Angus Lee is representing Carroll and entered a not-guilty plea on her behalf last week.

Dining out in Vancouver takes a new path in Phase 2

Diners who have waited patiently to go back to their favorite places are facing a new set of rules, changing hours and shifting menus as restaurants reopen.

The second phase of Gov. Jay Inslee’s gradual rollback of the pandemic shutdown poses a quandary for restaurants, which can only open at half capacity. Reopening a dining room may bring in more business but it has to be enough to cover costs.

State seeks input on proposed behavioral health facility in Vancouver

The Department of Social and Health Services is seeking public input by Aug. 28 on a proposed 48-bed secure behavioral health facility in Vancouver.

It’s part of the state’s shift toward opening smaller mental health treatment centers in the communities where people are already familiar and supported, and away from reliance on Western State Hospital — a large psychiatric facility in Lakewood.

Clark County thrift stores open to a backlog of items

Many passed the time under coronavirus stay-home orders decluttering, clearing closets and organizing garages. With thrift shops shuttered, however, they had no place to take the teetering piles of unwanted things.

That’s changed now that Clark County is in the second phase of Gov. Jay Inslee’s gradual reopening plan.


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