US national capital mandates masks as cases spike
'We all want to get on the other side of this virus so it is important that we remain vigilant,' says Mayor Muriel Bowser
Everyone in the US capital must wear a mask whenever they leave home, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser mandated Wednesday as the city sees spiking numbers of coronavirus cases.
"We are seeing upward ticks in cases, and today we certainly saw an upward tick, as well as trends going upward with some of our other metrics," Bowser said during a press briefing. "If you leave home you should wear a mask."
On Monday 102 new positive coronavirus cases were reported in Washington, D.C., the highest daily tally in nearly two months, raising the district's official case total to 11,529, according to official data.
No new deaths were reported, but in all, there have been 580 confirmed coronavirus-related fatalities. The true toll is likely higher.
Those who are excluded from the rule include children under three years old, people who are actively eating or drinking, and individuals who are vigorously exercising without others nearby. But office workers must don a mask in enclosed spaces unless they are alone.
"We know that masks are effective, and are an effective tool in helping us stop the spread of the virus," Bowser said. "We're all pretty sick of dealing with the pandemic. We're four months in, people are tired, and in some cases are letting down their guards. But we all want to get on the other side of this virus so it is important that we remain vigilant."Anadolu Agency website contains only a portion of the news stories offered to subscribers in the AA News Broadcasting System (HAS), and in summarized form. Please contact us for subscription options.