D.C. Exempts Feds And City Employees From Wearing Masks – Everyone Else – Mask Up

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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an “order” on July 22 on the “wearing of Masks in the District of Columbia….” The order points to continued “community transmission of COVID-19” without addressing the decline in overall lethality of the virus, nor the drop in deaths. She also points to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and D.C. Department of Health guidance saying they all agreed “that wearing masks when social distancing is impossible to maintain can reduce the spread of the disease dramatically.

Secondly, the mayor exempts “persons in the judicial or legislative branches of the District government while those persons are on duty; and shall not apply to any employees of the federal government while they are on duty.”

The mayor noted that violations of this order may be referred to the Office of the Attorney General (for D.C.) and “persons found to be in violation of this order are subject to fines of cup to one thousand dollars ($1,000) per violation.”

The order exempts those under two years of age or younger and provides some other narrow exemptions. The larger exemption is exemption “g” which states a person is exempt from this order if “a person is unable to wear a mask due to a medical condition or disability, or is physically unable to remove a mask.”

The order does not explain how to enforce the medical exemption, as most states specify in their mask orders that “you cannot ask a person what the medical condition is.” For example, Pennsylvania’s mask mandate lists the exemptions – including medical exemptions – and specifically states: “Individuals are not required to show documentation than an exception applies.

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