Jul 29, 2021 - Health

D.C. reinstates indoor mask mandate amid rise in coronavirus cases

Washington, D.C, Mayor Muriel Bowser wearing a mask while testifying before Congress in March 2021.
Washington, D.C, Mayor Muriel Bowser wearing a mask while testifying before Congress in March 2021. Photo: Caroline Brehman/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Washington, D.C, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Thursday that people over the age of 2 — regardless of vaccination status — will be required to wear masks indoors starting Saturday because of a rise in new coronavirus cases.

Why it matters: The mandate comes after D.C.’s new case rate recently increased to around 8 daily cases per 100,000 people, according to the Washington Post, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new mask guidance.

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