Washington D.C. Announces Mask Mandate Changes, But Not For Schools

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The cascading wave of COVID mask mandate rule changes has swept into Washington D.C. where Mayor Muriel Bowser isn’t ready to include kids in her big changes. Bowser announced Monday that the city’s indoor mask mandate — including bars and restaurants — will expire February 28.

While there’s euphoria over that news, Bowser isn’t completely ready to loosen her grip on the COVID era. Schoolchildren will still be required to mask up.

“Because of that diligence that we have seen since the height of omicron wave entered the district in December, cases have dropped more than 90% and there has been a 95% reduction in hospitalizations,” Bowser said during a press conference. “We are in a much better place now.”

But what about the schools where kids are still wearing whatever their parents come up with? In January, the Washington Post reported that KN95 masks were distributed to D.C. schools, but the masks went to teachers and staff. Kids were left out.

One teacher who received a KN95 mask told the Post that she planned to do fundraising to get KN95 masks for her students.

“We continue to work with our school communities over what they think it will take to keep kids safe and in school,” Bowser said Monday. “We thought that our last group of little ones would have access to the vaccine in February. It turns out it’s going to be sometime later. So I don’t think that we’re going to have a decision about schools sometime soon.”

Written by Joe Kinsey

Joe Kinsey is the Senior Director of Content of OutKick and the editor of the Morning Screencaps column that examines a variety of stories taking place in real America.

Kinsey is also the founder of OutKick’s Thursday Night Mowing League, America’s largest virtual mowing league.

Kinsey graduated from University of Toledo.


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  1. Parents,

    You have the control. You pay the taxes.

    You have got to rise up and stand up to the teacher’s unions. It is child abuse that children are wearing masks in schools. In my state the mask mandates in schools ended last June.

    I’m a teacher, not a member of a union, and I never wore a mask or required my students to wear masks. Even when it as mandated in my state last school year.

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