As the epidemic marches on, new face mask rules are starting to pop up across the country—but it looks like one of them has a major loophole in it.
Perhaps one of the strictest can be found in Washington D.C., where Mayor Muriel Bowser has ordered everyone to wear masks in both public indoor and outdoor settings.
This includes all citizens ages 3 and up, in fact, and encompasses all activities “when they leave their homes.”
However, there is a major caveat to this rule—it doesn’t apply to everyone, as some initially believed.
In fact, certain people are exempt from this mandate…
Yes, it doesn’t apply to the disabled and people who are actively eating, drinking, or exercising, but there’s another exempt group that might cause some dissension.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s (D) most recent mask mandate, which orders three-year-olds to cover their faces, exempts lawmakers and government employees while they are ‘on duty.’
Based on the wording, it appears all government employees and lawmakers don’t have to wear a face mask when at work.
Funny, we didn’t know Covid decided whether to spread based on your job type or how important Washington says you are.
Obviously, “work” involves being in a public setting, so the exemption may seem odd to some people.
As it stands, the mandate does not apply to “persons in the judicial or legislative branches of the District government while those persons are on duty.”
As for everyone else, the Metropolitan police have been authorized to punish those 18 and older who don’t follow the mask rule. Violators will face fines of up to $1,000.
Furthermore, the mayor’s mask mandate remain in place until “at least” October 9, 2020.
But the “on duty” element of the order is already causing controversy. For example, President Donald Trump might be investigated for wearing a mask in his own D.C. hotel lobby.
But isn’t he a “government employee” who is essentially “on duty” all the time…?
There’s no doubt this will remain questionable and controversial through October.
The question now is, how will citizens react as the months go on?
- Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser passed a face mask mandate that includes all citizens in public settings.
- However, it exempts lawmakers and government employees while “on duty.”
- The order will remain controversial, especially because “on duty” could be viewed as a subjective term.