Kittitas, Thurston and Walla Walla Counties approved to move to Phase 2

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CAMP MURRAY, Wash. — Three new counties have been approved to move into Phase 2 of Governor Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan.

On Wednesday, Inslee announced Kittitas, Thurston and Walla Walla counties were granted variance.

A total of 24 counties have now been approved: Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kittitas, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Pacific, Pend Oreille, San Juan, Skamania, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla and Whitman.

Clallam, Kitsap and Klickitat counties are eligible to apply for a variance to move to Phase 2. The application from Clark County remains on pause due to an outbreak investigation.

During Phase 2, limited retail can begin, restaurants can provide dine-in services at 50 percent capacity and both hair and nail salons can resume services.

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