The nation’s capital will lift its indoor-mask mandate in many public spaces beginning next week, city officials said Tuesday.
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the easing of the restriction as the district’s daily COVID-19 case counts have been plateauing since mid-October.
DC had implemented its initial mask mandate in July 2020, then relaxed it for most places this past May as cases waned, only to reinstate it again in July amid the Delta surge.
Under the latest move, masks will still continue to be required regardless of a person’s vaccination status in settings such as schools, libraries and childcare facilities and on public transportation. Masks also will be needed in nursing homes, dorms, correctional facilities and some local government agencies.