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Mask wearing requirements around the region


ONCE ALL BEARS ARE MASKED, WILL THE REST OF US FOLLOW? The County’s Historical Museum is closed, but people are trudging up North Fourth Street to see this family of masked wooden bears in front of Stuart Hutt’s house. Their masking is for our protection, as is yours for two-leggeds you encounter, in the woods or on the street. Rumor has it the bears will stay masked until widespread testing proves to them they can walk among us safely. – Photo by Ken Stern

The statewide Stay Home, Stay Safe mandate in response to the coronavirus has spawned an array of strategies intended to strike a balance between public health and economic concerns.

In La Conner, signage and designated customer waiting spaces have been employed – to mixed reviews – to encourage social distancing in the business district.

Elsewhere in the region, which has been in shutdown mode since March, emergency orders requiring the wearing of masks have been issued by communities similar in size and makeup to La Conner.

Advocates say those remedies lock down mouths and...

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