This past Thursday, Muriel Bowser, the Democratic District Mayor, issued a statement announcing that all residents of Washington, D.C. that are aged 2 and older are once again mandated to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, starting Saturday.
“I know D.C. residents have been very closely following the public health guidelines and they will embrace this,” she stated during a quick press briefing, as reported by The Washington Post.
“This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced a new approach, asking people in localities with more than 50 new cases per 100,000 residents per week — including the District, where case rates have risen sharply in recent weeks — to again wear masks indoors. Bowser said Thursday that she would go further and mandate it.” stated the Post.
As noted by the outlet, “While D.C.’s case rate has quadrupled recently, the new daily case rate, now about eight per 100,000 residents, is far lower than what it was during the worst of the pandemic. The delta variant plaguing much of the country has been scarcely detected in the District, and as cases among vaccinated people are generally not severe, the city’s hospitals are not overwhelmed by covid-19 patients.”
There has been much criticism cropping up aimed at Bowser over this new mandate. Namely, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) tweeted out, “This is exactly what I warned about. Democrats like @MayorBowser are ignoring science & grabbing power to create fear & control your life – yet ignoring violent crime waves. We can’t let them drive America into another lockdown. We can’t let them close our schools & businesses.”
This is exactly what I warned about. Democrats like @MayorBowser are ignoring science & grabbing power to create fear & control your life – yet ignoring violent crime waves.
We can’t let them drive America into another lockdown. We can’t let them close our schools & businesses. https://t.co/BCjG03SH3E
— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) July 29, 2021
Recently, Bowser has taken to asking for more money in order to finance D.C. Police during a record surge of gun violence plaguing the nation’s capital as its police forces leave their positions in record-setting droves.
Bowser “has requested an additional $11 million from the City Council to pay for the hiring and training of 20 additional officers in the 2021 financial year, and 150 additional officers in 2022,” reported the Daily Mail on the situation.
We are investing in public health and social service approaches to change outcomes
We also need to ensure the Chief of Police has the officers he needs to keep our neighborhoods safe
— Muriel Bowser (@MurielBowser) July 26, 2021
Bowsers recent statement crop up just hours after the U.S. Capitol Police were instructed to start arresting all vaccinated staff and visitors on the House side if they refuse to resume wearing their masks, according to a memo sent out to police that was acquired and sent around by Kat Cammack (R-FL) on social media. As reported by The Daily Wire:
The memo, issued Wednesday by USCP Chief Thomas Manger, reads in part: “If a visitor or staff member fails to wear a mask after a request is made to do so, the visitor or staff shall be denied entry to House office buildings or the House side of the Capitol.”
“Any person who fails to either comply or leave the premises after being asked to do so would be subject to an arrest for Unlawful Entry,” the memo continued. It stipulated that a member of Congress who refuses to mask up will be not be arrested but rather “reported to the House Sergeant at Arms’ Office.”