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D.C. government lifts indoor event coronavirus vaccine mandate, will lift mask mandate on March 1

As the omicron wave subsides, some measures will drop.

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Wizards fans won’t have to wear masks in a couple weeks at games.
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On Monday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced that the jurisdiction’s indoor event coronavirus vaccine mandate will be lifted today, Feb. 15, 2022. The mandate was in place for just one month where patrons of an indoor establishment like a sports arena or restaurant had to show proof of at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine. If the mandate wasn’t removed, people would have had to show proof of at least two doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine was a single dose.

In addition, D.C.’s indoor mask mandate will end on Mar. 1.

The easing of thee coronavirus measures is because of declining cases in the Washington area. Private businesses still can have a vaccine and/or mask mandate for guests and/or workers.

In response to the measures, Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced that they will end the vaccine mandate today and the mask mandate on Mar. 1 for most events and seat locations. The exception is for Wizards seat holders that are deemed to be close to the players, like courtside seats. Proof of vaccination or negative coronavirus test and a mask mandates remain there.

Capital One Arena’s next event is on Thursday when Disney On Ice will have five shows through Monday, Feb 21. The Wizards’ next home game, without the vaccine mandate is on Friday, Feb. 25 when they host the San Antonio Spurs.

You may keep the masks at home starting on Mar. 1, when the Wizards host the Detroit Pistons, unless you take public transportation, rideshare (ex. Uber/Lyft), or go to any other place that still requires them.