Mayor Drops Vax Proof at Indoor Venues Tomorrow – Dials Back Indoor Mask Mandate on 3/1
by Larry Janezich
At today’s Situational Briefing, Mayor Muriel announced that beginning on Tuesday, February 15, indoor venues will no longer be required to verify that patrons are vaccinated. Businesses may choose to keep vax requirements in place with appropriate signage.
In addition, she said, the District’s indoor mask requirements will be dialed back on Tuesday, March 1, 2022.
On March 1, masks will not be required at:
- Restaurant and bars
- Sports and entertainment venues
- Gyms, recreation centers, and indoor athletic facilities
- Houses of worship
- Grocery stores and pharmacies
- Retail establishments
- DC Government offices/areas with no public interaction
On March 1 masks STILL will be required at:
- Any private business that wants to require us of masks by employees or customers
- Schools, childcare facilities, and libraries
- Congregate facilities, nursing homes/assisted living facilities, shelters, dorms, and correctional facilities
- Healthcare/medical facilities
- Public transit, taxis, and rideshare vehicles
- DC Government facilities with direct interaction between employees and the public (e.g. DMV service centers, DHS service centers)
Additional points made during the briefing:
- For venues where wearing of masks is still required, DC Department of Health will provide guidance re lifting those mandates conditioned on achieving low to moderate community transmission.
- The last day of fire house testing will be Saturday, February 26. Ward Covid Centers and library distribution centers will continue in operation.
- The vax requirement for DC employees and health care workers and for school children will remain in place.
- City action against the H Street bar The Big Board for violating city mandates on vax verification and masks will continue to play out within ABRA.
- Since the height of Omicron wave in DC, Covid-19 cases have dropped by more than 90% and there has been a 95% reduction in hospitalization.