Muriel Bowser, mayor of Washington, DC, issued an order on Wednesday mandating everyone above the age of three-year of age must wear a mask upon leaving their homes or be subjected to a fine up to $1000.
“if they are likely to come into contact with another person for more than a fleeting moment.” Those found to be in violation of the order can be fined up to $1,000.
Effective immediately, the language of the DC mayor’s decree references the “COVID-19 public health emergency” and reads as follows:
Under the new Mayor’s Order on masks, people must wear a mask when they leave their homes if they are likely to come into contact with another person for more than a fleeting moment. Exceptions are listed in the Mayor’s Order, and common exceptions include: children under the age of three; a person who is in an enclosed office that no one else is allowed to enter; a person who is actively eating or drinking; and a person who is engaged in vigorous outdoor exercise and is maintaining social distance of at least six feet from other people.
The DC mayor’s order defines masks as including “cloth face coverings, such as homemade cloth masks, store-bought fabric masks, bandanas or other cloth wrapped around the head that covers the mouth and nose, as well as medical or surgical masks.”
The Metropolitan Police Department is authorized to enforce the mask-wearing mandate, with exceptions offered to minors. The order states, “No youth under eighteen (18) years of age shall be charged with a violation.”