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5 things you need to know this Wednesday

US border reopening; Boeing vaccine mandate; Washington schools and COVID; Bellingham pay proposal; Kraken opening night.

US border reopening

The Washington side of the Canadian border will reopen to travelers who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 in early November.

The announcement applies to all U.S. borders with Canada and Mexico. The rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason for travel starting in early November when a similar easing of restrictions is set to kick in for air travel into the country.

By mid-January, essential travelers seeking to enter the U.S., like truck drivers, will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Read more

Boeing vaccine mandate

Boeing employees based in the United States must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Dec. 8 or risk being fired.

Employees can request exemptions “due to a disability or sincerely held religious belief."

The policy will apply to roughly 140,000 employees companywide, with about 57,000 of those in Washington state. Read more

Washington schools & COVID

COVID-19 outbreaks in schools have led to hundreds of Washington students needing to quarantine and forced school closures in Pierce, Kittitas, and Grays Harbor counties.

Though parents should prepare for more closures this year, state Superintendent Chris Reykdal does not anticipate a complete shutdown of all schools. Read more

Bellingham pay proposal

The prospect of making hazard pay permanent during emergencies is being put to voters in the city of Bellingham.

Initiative 4 would mandate a $4 an hour premium for most hourly workers during a state of emergency, including the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The additional $4 per hour would go to workers directly impacted by a state of emergency whether it is declared on a federal, state, or local level. Read more

Kraken opening night

Seattle hockey fans celebrated a historic night as the Kraken started their first-ever season in Vegas Tuesday night.

The game didn't go Seattle's way, but the Kraken rallied from a 3-0 deficit to score 3 goals. The final tally was 4-3 in the Knights' favor.

Fans called the event a "surreal experience." Read more

Also see: Seattle local forecast

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