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DC Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

NBC Washington D.C. logo NBC Washington D.C. 8/1/2021 NBC Washington Staff
a man and woman preparing food in a kitchen: Workers wearing protective masks prepare food at a restaurant in the Union Market food hall in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. For several months the Trump administration has operated at the White House in violation of several D.C. virus regulations including holding gatherings exceeding the 50-person limit where most attendees did not wear masks. Photographer: Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg via Getty Images © Bloomberg via Getty Images

Workers wearing protective masks prepare food at a restaurant in the Union Market food hall in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. For several months the Trump administration has operated at the White House in violation of several D.C. virus regulations including holding gatherings exceeding the 50-person limit where most attendees did not wear masks. Photographer: Graeme Sloan/Bloomberg via Getty Images

If you're headed out to grab some groceries or do some shopping in D.C., remember to grab a mask.

The District reinstated an indoor mask mandate early Saturday morning. Everyone over 2 is required to cover their face in indoor, public settings.

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COVID-19 cases are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends people mask indoors in D.C. due to substantial transmission of the virus.

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Cases are up about 26% this week. About 61% of residents have at least one vaccine dose, according to CDC data.

“We will continue to do what is necessary to keep D.C. safe,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a press conference Thursday.

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