Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser Will Finally Relax D.C.’s Stubborn Mask Mandate
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will finally relax the city’s mask mandate, she announced on Tuesday.
On Monday, November 22, many indoor spaces will once again be allowed to forgo masks for customers, visitors, employees, and residents. Notable exceptions include public schools, public transportation, and government buildings.
Here are the details of where masks will continue to be required in D.C. Also: businesses will still be able to set their own rules on indoor masking. pic.twitter.com/agM5MJEYtn
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“We are encouraged by the numbers that have opted into vaccination now, some of them encouraged by mandates,” said Bowser, according to The Washington Post. “There may even be an increase in cases…but what we haven’t seen is an increase in hospitalizations and deaths. That is the promise of vaccination.”
Bowser previously rescinded the mask mandate, then brought it back in July when COVID-19 cases began to increase due to the delta variant taking hold. Unlike the actions of local officials in nearby counties, including in Montgomery County, Maryland, who linked the mandate to a certain case threshold, Bowser never gave any indication what metrics would be used to determine when to relax the mandate. And while the delta wave did cause an increase in COVID-19 cases in Washington, it had no effect whatsoever on D.C.’s death rate. The city’s seven-day death average has hovered at one or below the entire time that delta
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