DC’s mayor announced that the mask mandate will be allowed to expire on February 28, an end date previously set but which the mayor could have pushed back.
The district’s requirement for indoor mask will be “called” back on March 1st. Masks will not be required in restaurants and bars, sports and entertainment venues, gyms, houses of worship, grocery stores and others.
On March 1, masks will still be required on any private business that requires their use, schools, childcare facilities, libraries, public transportation, taxis and car sharing and DC public facilities with direct interaction between employees and the public, such as DMV service centers.
From Tuesday, proof of vaccination will no longer be required in public places like restaurants and entertainment venues. Any private company wishing to require the use of masks by its employees or customers will still be able to do so.
It was not immediately clear what Mayor Muriel Bowser would cover. The news conference comes as DC sees improvements in its COVID measurements, and jurisdictions in the DC area and across the country lift restrictions.
Stay tuned to NBC Washington for more details on this development story.