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JUST IN: DC Mayor Implements Vaccine Requirements for Most Public Areas, Restaurants, Gyms

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser unveiled a series of new COVID regulations this week, including vaccine passport requirements before entering most public areas including restaurants, gyms and entertainment venues.

“DC @MayorBowser to implement #COVID #vaccine requirements starting January 15 for public areas including restaurants, bars, gyms, concert/sports venues. There are exemptions for churches, universities, grocery stores & offices,” posted a reporter for NBC DC.

“Additionally, officials said the mayor’s order is not an employer mandate, but a vaccine requirement for those visiting the establishments,” adds WTOP News. “Officials said more guidance is forthcoming and will be posted online. Bowser’s announcement comes as the D.C. region is experiencing a spike in coronavirus cases leading up to the holidays. Patrick Ashley, with DC Health, said the city hasn’t seen a spike in hospitalizations despite the uptick in cases.”

“We had to shut down because we didn’t know a lot about the virus. And we knew it was very dangerous. And we didn’t have effective pharmaceutical interventions. But now we do,” Bowser said during the Wednesday briefing.

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