Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser declared a state of emergency and reinstated the city-wide mask order that she had lifted on Nov. 22. Bowser also announced at a news conference Monday that the US capital will be expanding Covid-19 testing. The mayor said the purpose of the state of emergency declaration was “primarily to expand our administrative tools.”
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The indoor mask mandate is back in DC, starting tomorrow & continuing through the end of January. Masks will again be legally required in indoor public spaces such as gyms, churches, supermarkets.
It’s one of many responses that Bowser announced today to the huge surge in cases.
— Julie Zauzmer Weil (@juliezweil) December 20, 2021
– Wear masks indoors.
– Choose your activities wisely and reconsider social events.
– Consider your own risk, the risk of people you’ll be around, or those you might see in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/ebNlMOmat4
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) December 20, 2021