White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

The White House won’t be dropping its indoor mask requirement, despite  Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser decision to lift the mandate. 

‘The White House follows CDC guidance which recommends masking in areas of high or substantial transmission,’ White House spokesman Kevin Munoz said on Tuesday. 

Mayor Bowser announced on Monday that the District of Columbia will lift its indoor mask requirement starting next week, as local COVID-19 infection cases continue to trend downward.

Starting Monday, November 22, masks will no longer be required in many indoor spaces, although the stipulations do not apply to federal Washington, including the White House and Congress.

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

The White House won’t be dropping its indoor mask requirement after Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser decision to lift the mandate 

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

The White House said Bowser’s stipulations do not apply to federal Washington, including the White House and Congress, where CDC guidance will still be followed 

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

Mayor Bowser announced on Monday that the District of Columbia will lift its indoor mask requirement starting next week, as local COVID-19 infection cases continue to trend downward. Above, Bowser during a press conference in May 

‘We are encouraged by the numbers that have opted into vaccination now, some of them encouraged by mandates,’ Bowser said. ‘There may even be an increase in cases … but what we haven’t seen is an increase in hospitalizations and deaths. That is the promise of vaccination.’ 

Mayor Bowser has repeatedly described mask requirements as a sort of thermostat-style dial that can be turned up or down based on shifting conditions. 

Washington had one of the nation’s most strict mask mandate since July, as the district saw a surge in COVID-19 cases of the Delta variant.  

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

A statement from the city Health Department announced that masks will still be required in certain settings, including schools, libraries, public transportation, ride-share vehicles and group-living facilities like nursing homes, dorms and jails. 

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

The greater Washington area still remains an area of ‘substantial’ transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Mayor Bowser has repeatedly described mask requirements as a sort of thermostat-style dial that can be turned up or down based on shifting conditions

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

, White House WON’T be following DC Mayor Bowser in lifting COVID-19 mask mandate, The Today News USA

There are currently over 46 million confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the US. More than 750,000  have been reported in Washington. According to Health Department statistics, the current seven-day average of new cases in DC – the department’s preferred metric – is higher than it was in May when the first mask requirement was lifted, but still well below the late-summer delta-variant peak in August and September

Private businesses will still be able to require customers to wear masks. 

The nation’s capital originally lifted its indoor mask requirement for fully vaccinated individuals in May, but reinstated it in late July as cases began to rise again. 

There are currently over 46 million cases of COVID-19 in the US, and more than 750,000 have been reported in Washington. 

Masks are still required indoors in counties such as Prince George’s County, Md., while Virginia’s Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties, have just recommended mask use, The Washington Post reported.  

According to Health Department statistics, the current seven-day average of new cases – the department’s preferred metric – is higher than it was in May when the first mask requirement was lifted, but still well below the late-summer delta-variant peak in August and September.

The greater Washington area still remains an area of ‘substantial’ transmission, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Per CDC advice, everyone in Columbia County should wear a mask in public indoor settings as the district is a ‘high transmission community.’