DC Mayor Bowser updates COVID mask mandate, lifts gathering restrictions


WASHINGTON (WDVM) — D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced during a press conference on Monday that fully vaccinated individuals will no longer have to wear a mask in most situations, according to the Centers for Disease Control’s new guidelines.

Bowser said that businesses may require individuals to have a mask on as business policy. Everyone — regardless of vaccination status — must still wear masks in public transportation, taxis, airplanes or transportation hubs, schools and child care facilities, health care settings, homeless shelters and correctional facilities.

These updated mask guidelines go into effect on Monday.

Bowser also announced that beginning Friday, May 21, restrictions on capacity limits, types of activities and time restrictions will be lifted as well. Beginning Friday, June 11, bars, nightclubs and large sports venues will reopen as well.

Director of the D.C. Department of Health Dr. LaQuandra S. Nesbitt recommended that people who are not fully vaccinated still wear masks in these situations.

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