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By Brooklynn Hillemann
Washington State Journal 

Statewide COVID-19 restrictions begin to relax

State schools superintendent in favor of ditching masks for students


Last updated 2/17/2022 at 10am

With data indicating a decline in cases and COVID-19 related hospitalizations, the state is entering a period where restrictions can be lifted, Gov. Jay Inslee said.

While there is no date to end the universal indoor mask mandate, Inslee said the pause on elective surgeries and procedures at hospitals will end on Feb. 17. Additionally, the mandate requiring masking for outdoor events with 500 people or more will expire a day later.

“I think it would be helpful for Washingtonians to have a goal and helpful for them to do whatever planning is necessary for that transition,” Inslee sa...

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