Residents react to DC’s lifting of mandate for indoor mask – NBC4 Washington

From Monday, if you walk into a bar, restaurant or other business in DC, you will not be required to mask yourself, after Mayor Muriel Bowser announced last week that she is lifting the mandate for indoor mask.

In DC’s Adams Morgan neighborhood, the reaction was divided.

“I think it’s good that we’re coming on time. I think it is a different time than July 2020. Most of the city has been vaccinated and I think we are ready, ”said one person.

People do not have to wear masks in places like grocery stores, restaurants, gyms, live music venues, offices or places of worship.

Masks will still be required in public transport, in schools and in day care institutions. Individual companies will be empowered to require masks.

The mayor and some council members disagree on lifting the indoor mandate.

Ten of the council’s 13 members sent a letter to the mayor last week urging her to reconsider. They said dropping the mandate would send the wrong message and that it is gambling with the safety of the most vulnerable.

Bowser showed no sign of changing his mind, saying masks will go from a requirement to a recommendation.

Others still say it’s too early.

A couple said they support the move, but also stressed the importance of being vaccinated.

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