Spokane will ‘likely’ be ready for phase 2 by Memorial Day weekend, Mayor Woodward says

SPOKANE, Wash. — Spokane will most likely transition to phase 2 by Memorial Day weekend, Mayor Nadine Woodward said Tuesday. 

Woodward responded to Gov. Inslee’s approval for Spokane County to apply to move forward under the Safe Start plan, saying she, “Couldn’t be happier.” 

Inslee gave Spokane and nine other counties the go-ahead to apply for a variance under the plan, just days after initially denying an application from local leaders. 

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The state denied that application because, at the time, only counties with fewer than 75,000 people could apply for the variance.

Since the application has already been submitted, state health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy said Spokane County will not have to start over. The state says Spokane County will simply be asked to update the information submitted last week. 

READ: State health officials: Spokane does not have to restart application to move to phase 2