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One Hundred Dollar money bill. Benjamin Franklin with face medical mask with dollar sign. COVID-19 coronavirus USA, Economy world crisis.

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) - The vast majority of Skagit County businesses are complying with emergency rules to curb the spread of COVID-19, but a few have been cited and fined for violations.

The Skagit Valley Herald reports Skagit Arms is the first county business to be fined by the Department of Labor & Industries for a COVID-19 mask violation, though at least one other local business has been cited by the state Liquor and Cannabis Board and has requested a hearing.

Skagit Speedway, meanwhile, received a written warning for a large outdoor political rally held at the racetrack in October, though no fine was issued.

Eight other businesses throughout the state also had been cited and fined for mask violations in the past two months. Fines ranged from $900 to $7,500. Businesses have 15 days to appeal.

"The firearm and ammunition store (in Burlington) was fined $3,600 for not requiring employees or customers to wear masks and for violating social distancing rules," Labor & Industries said in a news release.

Other businesses were fined for operating when they weren't allowed to, in violation of Gov. Jay Inslee's four-phase Safe Start reopening plan. No Skagit businesses have been cited for Safe Start violations.

By state mandate, businesses must ensure all customers and workers on their premises wear masks to protect against the spread of COVID-19.

On Tuesday, Skagit Arms said it had no comment on the Oct. 30 fine or whether it has appealed.

(5) comments

Desert Dweller

I wonder if the governor would be so quick to shut down businesses if he was going to lose his income for the duration of the shutdown?

Easy to pick on someone when there is no harm to oneself.


Keep getting fined! Its really hard to tell if someone wears the mask. Every halloween I have the toughest time and generally just throw candy at anyone because I cant decipher between people with costumes or could a business ever put a person at the entrance of a small business and monitor people at a gun shop!

Please get over yourself its a once in a lifetime pandemic. A little common sense goes a long way and caring about someone else besides yourself and your infringed upon rights might help a tad as well. This place was not a Wal Mart or Fred Meyers......take the fine and shut up or come up with a really hard plan to ask people to mask up.......for funks sake!


Businesses cannot be tasked with being an unpaid arm of the government in enforcing these controversial rules. I think they need to make a good faith effort to post signage and ask for customer compliance, but they cannot supervise

customers at all times or risk mental, emotional or physical violence to their staff for attempting to enforce masking rules. In small shops it’s possible to control access, which we did in our business but much harder in large stores and outdoor venues. Who benefits from these fines?

Seriously, Bob?

"WE" all benefit. MASK UP!!!


Agreed, mask up. This Virus is serious.

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