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West, Puget Sound regions will move to Phase 2 of Washington's COVID-19 reopening plan; football practice starts Monday

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Thursday that he is loosening the criteria for regions to move from Phase 1 to Phase 2 of Washington's phased COVID-19 reopening plan.

Regions will now be allowed to move to Phase 2 if they meet three out of the four metrics. Previously they needed to meet all four metrics. The new guidelines will allow two regions - West and Puget Sound - to move to Phase 2 on Monday, Feb. 1.

What does this mean for high school sports? It means moderate and high risk high school sports - including football - can return to competition in the West and Puget Sound regions starting on Monday.

Here are the counties in the West region: Grays Harbor, Lewis, Pacific and Thurston. And here are the counties in the Puget Sound region: King, Pierce and Snohomish.

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