Bowser issues order for D.C. making masks mandatory when leaving the house

Bowser issues order for D.C. making masks mandatory when leaving the house


by Elliot Henney (ABC7)Wednesday, July 22nd 2020AAD.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced during a Wednesday press conference that she is issuing a Mayor’s Order requiring anyone who leaves home to wear a mask. (Image: AP Photo)

WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Face coverings will now be mandatory for any D.C. resident leaving their homes, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced during a Wednesday press conference.

Bowser says this means a mask must be worn when ordering food at a restaurant, waiting for a bus, sitting in a cubicle in an open office space, and walking your dog, just to name a few examples.

We know that without a vaccine or a cure for COVID, we have to continue to take precautions. In other parts of the world, they have been able to significantly reduce the transmission and get the virus under control.

There are several exceptions to the rule:

  • Not required for individuals in an enclosed office
  • Not required for children under the age of 2
  • Not required when eating or drinking
  • Not required if vigorously exercising

“In most cases, if you’re outside your house, you should have a mask on,” Bowser says.

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The Mayor’s Order comes following a spike in COVID-19 cases for individuals under the age of 40.

Between July 1 and July 20, 66 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the District were individuals under 40.

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Since July 1, the number of ho

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