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DC announces end date for indoor mask mandate

Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., will eliminate the indoor mask mandate for the city, where viral transmission rates have decreased in recent weeks.

The mayor said she would lift parts of the district’s indoor mask mandate on Monday because the city has reached the “green zone,” meaning there is sufficient healthcare capacity, a minimal spread of the coronavirus, and a high level of community engagement against it. While the overall ranking is green, some individual criteria remain yellow or red.

“Going forward, The D.C. Department of Health will create guidance based on risk levels and the use of layered mitigation strategies. Risk levels will primarily be tied to a person’s vaccination status,” Bowser said in a statement Tuesday morning.

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Masks will still be required regardless of vaccination status for public transportation, schools, child care, and any private businesses that choose to implement it.

Leading up to this announcement, the city maintained several strict COVID-19 measures , including mask and vaccine mandates for many public workers . Notably, there have been questions about whether the district actually enforces its vaccine mandate for firefighters and medical workers.

Washington, with a population of roughly 700,000 people, has administered over 1 million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the district’s data . Approximately 76% of Washington’s population is at least partially vaccinated, and 63% is fully vaccinated.

The district estimates a seven-day average daily case rate of 10.9 per 100,000 residents, earning its “yellow” or phase two distinction.

Bowser announced Nov. 8 that she will seek a third term as mayor in 2022.



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