Democratic District Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that Washington, D.C., residents aged 2 and older must begin wearing masks indoors Saturday regardless of vaccination status.
“I know D.C. residents have been very closely following the public health guidelines and they will embrace this,” she said during a press briefing, according to The Washington Post.
“This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new approach, asking people in localities with more than 50 new cases per 100,000 residents per week — including the District, where case rates have risen sharply in recent weeks — to again wear masks indoors. Bowser said Thursday that she would go further and mandate it,” per the Post.
As the Post noted, “While D.C.’s case rate has quadrupled recently, the new daily case rate, now about eight per 100,000 residents, is far lower than what it was during the worst of the pandemic. The delta variant plaguing much of the country has been scarcely detected in the District, and as cases among vaccinated people are generally not severe, the city’s hospitals are not overwhelmed by covid-19 patients.”
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) criticized Bowser for her new mandate, tweeting, “This is exactly what I warned about. Democrats like @MayorBowser are ignoring science & grabbing power to create fear & control your life – yet ignoring violent crime waves. We can’t let them drive America into another lockdown. We can’t let them close our schools & businesses.”
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