Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) relaxed the city’s mask mandate on Friday. Bowser’s updated guidance said that fully vaccinated individuals did not have to wear masks while gathering indoors or outdoors in most situations, though business owners had the option to require proof of vaccination.
Bowser quickly backtracked on the mask guidance, less than 24 hours after relaxing the mandate. Fully vaccinated individuals now must wear masks inside, despite guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that indicates otherwise. Businesses in the district still have the option to require vaccine passports, to verify proof of vaccination, but individuals will be forced to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
But nothing changes for now about inside masks for fully vaccinated people in public. That’s the part DC just backtracked on. 2/2— Evan Lambert (@EvanLambertTV) May 1, 2021
Mayor Bowser has caved to mob rule in the city, reinstating mask mandate 24 hours after announcing it was rescinded:— Ellen Carmichael (@ellencarmichael) May 2, 2021
“Customers would still be required to wear a mask inside, regardless of their vaccination status.” https://t.co/UTQ5gkf3Ao https://t.co/IE7gUCGDRL
The mayor also loosened restrictions on weddings, allowing couples to fill their preferred indoor venue to 25 percent capacity, but implemented a ban on dancing and standing during receptions.
As D.C. reopens, it's allowing small indoor and outdoor weddings, but dancing -- even just standing around at a cocktail hour -- is banned. https://t.co/kMqfHtBdQJ— THV11 (@THV11) May 1, 2021