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