Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) lifted many pandemic restrictions in the nation’s capitol, requiring proof of vaccination and covering the nose and mouth on Feb. 14.
Bowser confirmed vaccination status and face masks requirements will be immediately “dialed back” across the District of Columbia.
“The limited public health emergency that I put in effect in December expires, as will the requirement for indoor venues to verify that patrons are vaccinated,” she said according to Fox News.
The relaxed rules apply to supermarkets, retail businesses, government offices, private offices, places of worship, bars, restaurants, schools, sports and entertainment venues.
Exceptions include school children who must keep wearing masks at educational and childcare facilities. Masks are also required at libraries, jails, healthcare facilities and while commuting on public transport.
“We continue to work with our school communities over what they think it will take to keep kids safe and in school,” the mayor said according to the broadcaster.
“I do not think that we are going to have a decision about schools sometime soon,” she added.
The Democrat applauded residents for doing their part to reduce December 2021 coronavirus (COVID-19) infections by more than 90% and hospitalizations by up to 95%.
“COVID is not as deadly as it was,” she said according to The Hill. “Getting vaccinated and boosted, we cannot emphasize enough.”