Mayor Announces End of Indoor Mask Mandate

Nov 16, 2021, 12:39 PM by MSDC Staff
DC will no longer require masks to be worn in all indoor settings beginning Monday.

At her COVID-19 press conference today, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the end of the general indoor mask requirement in the District starting next Monday.

The Mayor pointed to a plateauing COVID infection rate and rare serious cases among the vaccinated as a justification to loosen the restriction. Going forward, according to Mayor Bowser, DC Health will create guidance based on risk levels, which will be tied to a person's vaccination status.

Masks will still be required in the following situations:

  • In a private business that wants a mask requirement
  • On public transport including ride share vehicles, buses and trains
  • In train stations and airports
  • Inside childcare facilities, schools, and libraries
  • At congregate facilities like nursing home
  • At DC government facilities where the public interacts with government employees

MSDC is monitoring and awaiting further guidance from DC Health on how or if this will impact requirements for healthcare facilities.