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DC Ends Indoor Mask Mandate Excluding Certain Settings


The District of Columbia lifted its indoor mask mandate on Monday, November 22, but some public spaces will still require wearing masks, as per DC Mayor Muriel Bowser‘s order.

Bowser announced her decision last week. “Instead of following a blanket mandate, residents, visitors, and workers will be advised to follow risk-based guidance from DC Health that accounts for current health metrics and a person’s vaccination status,” the Mayor’s Office said in a release.

After the end of the mandate that had been in place for four months, people will only be required to wear face masks in some settings including:

  • Private businesses that choose to require wearing masks
  • On public transport such as buses and trains, inside train stations, in airports, and while in ridesharing vehicles
  • Inside libraries, schools, and childcare centers
  • Congregate facilities including nursing homes and assisted living facilities, shelters, dorms/residences, and correctional facilities
  • In DC government buildings where there is direct interaction between employees and the public, including DMV service center and DHS service center.

These exceptions will apply to anyone regardless of their vaccination status.

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