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DC’s indoor mask mandate to end Monday

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will lift the District’s indoor mask mandate on Monday, she said during a briefing. But, the mayor says masks will still be required in certain circumstances. Find out where they will still be required.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will lift the District’s indoor mask mandate on Monday, she said during a briefing on Tuesday.

The city will shift to risk-based guidance from D.C. Health based on current health metrics and a person’s vaccination status.

“Now, I want to be very clear,” Bowser said. “This does not mean that … everyone needs to stop wearing their mask, but it does mean that we’re shifting the government’s response to providing you this risk-based information and recommending layering strategies as the best way to protect yourself and the community.”

Updated guidance from D.C. Health will be posted to its website.

Masks will still be required in certain settings, regardless of vaccination status:

  • Private businesses that want a mask requirement.
  • Public transit like buses and trains, inside train stations, in airports and ride-share vehicles.
  • Inside schools, child care facilities and libraries.
  • Congregate facilities, such as nursing homes/assisted living facilities, shelters, dorms/residences and correctional facilities.
  • D.C. government buildings where there is direct interaction between employees and the public (like a DMV service center; DHS service center, etc.).

Gyms and places of worship can require masks if they want to, but they aren’t mandated to.

Gyms in particular have been clamoring for an end to the mask mandate in their facilities.

Bowser and D.C. Health Director Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt both reiterated that people should get vaccinated.

“The main takeaway from our data trends that we’ve seen is that vaccination has been highly effective in preventing severe illness and deaths from COVID-19 in the District of Columbia,” Nesbitt said. “And we consider it our most effective tool in our toolkit and ending this pandemic.”

Bowser said that the unvaccinated face the most serious dangers from COVID-19.

“Sadly, unvaccinated people are still getting sick from COVID and are still dying from COVID,” the mayor said. “Additionally, if you are eligible for a booster, you should get your booster.”

An update on the number of District residents who’ve been vaccinated was provided during the briefing.

This is a developing story and will be updated. Stay with WTOP for the latest.

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