The White House will NOT follow DC Bowser’s Mayor in lifting the COVID-19 mask mandate

The White House won’t drop its indoor mask requirement despite Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser lifting the mandate.

“The White House follows CDC guidelines that recommend masking in areas of high or significant transmission,” White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said Tuesday.

Mayor Bowser announced Monday that the District of Columbia will lift its indoor mask requirement starting next week as local COVID-19 infection cases continue to decline.

As of Monday, November 22, masks will no longer be required in many indoor spaces, although the regulations do not apply to federal Washington, including the White House and Congress.

The White House won’t drop its indoor mask requirement after Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser removes her mandate

The White House said Bowser’s rules do not apply to federal Washington, including the White House and Congress, where CDC guidelines continue to be followed

Mayor Bowser announced Monday that the District of Columbia will lift its indoor mask requirement starting next week as local COVID-19 infection cases continue to decline. Above, Bowser during a May press conference

“We are encouraged by the numbers that have now opted for vaccinations, some of them are encouraged by mandates,” said Bowser. ‚ÄúThere may even be an increase in cases … but what we haven’t seen is an increase in hospital admissions and deaths. That is the promise of vaccination. ‘

Mayor Bowser has repeatedly described the mask requirements as a kind of thermostat-like dial that can be turned up or down depending on the switching conditions.

Washington had one of the strictest mask mandates in the country since July as the district saw a surge in Delta variant COVID-19 cases.

A statement from the city’s health department announced that masks would continue to be required in certain settings, including schools, libraries, public transportation, ridesharing, and group housing facilities such as nursing homes, dormitories and prisons.

The greater Washington area is still a “significant” transmission area, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mayor Bowser has repeatedly described the mask requirements as a kind of thermostat-like dial that can be turned up or down depending on the switching conditions

There are currently over 46 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States. More than 750,000 have been reported in Washington. According to Department of Health statistics, the current seven-day mean new cases in DC – the department’s preferred metric – is higher than it was in May when the first mask requirement was lifted, but still well below the late summer delta variant peak in August and September

Private companies can still require customers to wear masks.

The country’s capital originally lifted its mask requirement for fully vaccinated people in May, but reinstated it in late July when cases rose again.

There are currently over 46 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S. and more than 750,000 have been reported in Washington.

Masks are still required indoors in counties like Prince George’s County, Maryland, while Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun, and Prince William counties of Virginia have just recommended the use of masks, the Washington Post reported.

According to statistics from the Ministry of Health, the current seven-day mean of new cases – the ministry’s preferred metric – is higher than in May when the first mask requirement was lifted, but still well below the late summer delta variant highs in August and September .

The greater Washington area is still a “significant” transmission area, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC advised everyone in Columbia County to wear a mask in indoor public spaces as a district is a ‘high transmission community’.

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