DC health says masks may be necessary until Thanksgiving

Washington, D.C. health officials say the indoor mask mandate, now in its second week, may be in place until Thanksgiving given the rising number of cases and stagnated vaccination rates.

Patrick Ashley, a senior deputy director of the D.C. health department, told WRC-TV that the mask mandate will likely be in effect for the weeks to come.

“We’re very hopeful that we’ll get back to normal around the holidays,” Ashley said, adding: “We’re hopeful that by Thanksgiving we’ll be in a different spot, but that relies on people getting vaccinated.”

D.C. has been experiencing a steady climb in COVID cases, and on Monday reported a 7-day average of 125 new COVID cases per day. Meanwhile, vaccination rates have leveled off. – READ MORE