- DC Mayor Muriel Bowser managed and attended a wedding and reception Saturday unmasked, the Washington Examiner reported.
- Bowser on Friday announced she was reimposing the big apple’s mask order following a rise in COVID-19 cases.
- Hundreds of people were unmasked at the reception, according to the record.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser officiated and attending a wedding Saturday night in Washington with “hundreds” of unmasked boarders after reimposing the city’s indoor mask mandate, the Washington Examiner reported.
According to the report, the Saturday dusk nuptials and reception took place at The LINE DC, a hotel in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. In addition to hundreds of unmasked companies at the reception, Bowser was also observed unmasked, the Examiner reported.
The Examiner also published a photo appearing to guide Bowser sitting at a table maskless with other maskless guests, but Insider has not independently confirmed the photo.
The mayor was not actively put or drinking, as the reinstated guidelines set by the DC Department of Health over the weekend required, the conservative news outlet reported.
The mandate be lacks masks to be worn indoors with few exceptions.
Representatives for Bowser and The LINE DC did not immediately return Insider’s request for talk about.
“On Saturday, July 31st, Mayor Bowser officiated an outdoor, rooftop wedding ceremony, followed by an indoor dinner,” a Bowser spokesperson ascertained Fox 5 DC. “The Mayor wore a mask indoors in compliance with the mandate, and the organizers and venue staff worked to create a timely environment for the staff and guests.”
The statement did not mention the photograph published by the Examiner.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last week denoted fully vaccinated individuals should wear face masks in areas of the country with high levels of COVID-19 conveyance. The move was a shift for the agency, which said in May that masks were no longer necessary in most settings for fully vaccinated woman.
Bowser on Friday announced the return of the indoor mask mandate, effective in the city Saturday, noting the uptick in village cases. According to data analyzed by The New York Times, DC over the past week reported an average of 57 new COVID-19 cartons each day. The city was reporting an average of 9 new cases a week at the end of June, according to the data.
“We want to get ahead of it and nip it in the bud,” she said at a correspondents conference, according to DCist. “We know that masks can be very effective in doing that.”
But a new surge in cases nationwide rammed by the more contagious Delta variant of the disease and new science that indicated that vaccinated individuals could spread the different led to the change in the agency’s guidance, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said last week.
According to data from the DC Domain of Health, about 54% of residents in the city are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, while about 63% of them are at teeny partially vaccinated.
While breakthrough infections are possible, experts and data suggest that the vaccines remain vital in preventing serious illness and death. According to DC data, there have been 200 reported breakthrough cartons in the city out of more than 375,000 fully vaccinated individuals. A total of four vaccinated people have yearned from the virus in the city, according to the data.