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DC Announces End to Indoor Mask Mandate

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that on November 22, 2021, the District’s indoor mask mandate – one of, if not the most restrictive mask mandate – will be significantly scaled back. The current mandate, which went into effect on July 31, 2021, requires masks in all indoor public places for all individuals over age two, regardless of vaccination status.

According to the announcement, “[i]instead of following a blanket mandate, residents, visitors and workers will be advised to follow risk-based guidance from DC Health that accounts for current health metrics and a person’s vaccination status.” However, masks will still be required, regardless of vaccination status, in the following circumstances:

  • Inside any private business that has implemented a mask requirement;

  • On public transport (i.e., buses and trains, inside train stations, in airports, and while in rideshare vehicles);

  • Inside schools, childcare facilities, and libraries;

  • Inside congregate facilities (i.e., nursing homes/assisted living facilities, shelters, dorms/residences, and correctional facilities); and

  • In DC Government facilities where there is direct interaction between employees and the public (e.g., DMV service center; DHS service center, etc.).

We will continue to monitor and report on further developments from DC, including the forthcoming guidance from DC Health.

© 2022 Proskauer Rose LLP. National Law Review, Volume XI, Number 322
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Guy Brenner, Labor Attorney, Proskauer Rose, arbitration proceedings Lawyer
Partner

Guy Brenner is a partner in the Labor & Employment Law Department and co-head of the Non-Compete & Trade Secrets Group. He has extensive experience representing employers in both single-plaintiff and class action matters, as well as in arbitration proceedings. He also regularly assists federal government contractors with the many special employment-related compliance challenges they face.

Guy represents employers in all aspects of employment and labor litigation and counseling, with an emphasis on non-compete and trade secrets issues,...

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Arielle Kobetz, Proskauer Law Firm, Labor and Employment Attorney
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Arielle Kobetz is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department. She assists employers in a wide range of areas, including discrimination, wage and hour, and traditional labor.

Prior to joining Proskauer, Arielle served as a law clerk at the New York City Human Resources Administration, Employment Law Unit, where she worked on a variety of employment discrimination and internal employee disciplinary issues. 

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