Washington, DC, has reinstated a mandate that masks must be worn in indoor public places amid a troubling increase in COVID-19 cases.
The mask’s mandate went into effect at 6 a.m. on Tuesday and is expected to remain so at least until 6 a.m. on January 31, 2022, according to a decree from the mayor.
Face coverings are mandatory in offices, gyms, stores, places of entertainment, places of worship, restaurants (unless you are actively eating or drinking) and other establishments.
Masks have been demanded in schools, health facilities and on public transport, and these demands will continue.
Masks are not recommended for people under the age of 2 or people who could not safely remove one if needed.
DC lifted its mask mandate less than a month ago, on November 22.
Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday announced she was declaring a new state of emergency, citing data on the growing number of COVID-19 cases.
The latest efforts to fight the virus also include making more test kits available, including offering free home rapid test kits at libraries. DC public schools will also close after winter break so students can get tested.
Bowser said she understands the fatigue of many residents with COVID safety precautions.
“I think we’re all sick of it. I’m sick of it too. But we have to react to what is happening in our city and what is happening in our country, ”she said.