Whitman County approved to move to Phase 2 of reopening

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WHITMAN CO., Wash. — Whitman County has been approved to move forward into Phase 2 of Washington’s reopening plan.

Under phase 2, hair and nail salons are allowed to resume operations, and restaurants can reopen in-person dining at 50 percent capacity.

Businesses that plan to reopen are expected to comply with all health and safety requirements outlined in the state’s plans.

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Whitman County now joins several other eastern Washington counties that have been granted variance. Those other counties include Stevens, Pend Oreille, Garfield, Ferry and Columbia.

READ: Five Washington counties approved for early move to phase two of reopening

Spokane County leaders have been urging the state to reopen, but had their request denied Thursday. The state said Spokane County is not eligible to expedite the shift into Phase 2 under the Safe Start plan due to its size.

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