Inslee said Thursday that business owners can decide how, or if, to enforce mask usage for those who have been vaccinated. “It’s confusing,” said Lee, “I liked it better when things were black and white.” Nicole Andres, owner of Nicole’s Bar in Olympia, said she won’t require her customers to wear masks if they say they have been fully vaccinated.
Inslee said it’s up to individual business owners as to whether they want to require masks of all their customers. On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, said those who have been fully vaccinated no longer have to wear masks in public places or in businesses.
Lee said for the time being, she is continuing to require her clients and employees keep their masks on when they’re in her salon. “I liked it better when I didn’t have to be the bad guy,” said Lee, who has been cutting hair at Jamie Lee & Company for more than 20 years.
“I’m not really interested in hiring a bouncer to stand at the door to check vaccine cards,” said Knudson. He said he’s prepared for customers to be upset about having to wear masks even when the state is not requiring it. Well 80 Brewhouse owner Chris Knudson said he won’t be changing the rules, at least until July, when Inslee said the state is expected to remove all COVID-related restrictions on businesses.
According to the Washington Hospitality Association, business owners can choose to let their fully vaccinated employees and customers not wear masks. She is not requiring her employees to ask customers for proof of vaccination.
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