Last week, Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser reinstated a city-wide mask mandate for all interior spaces, even though the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the city has yet to produce a number of deaths or hospitalizations, and although vaccines are proving their effectiveness. be the most remarkably effective tool in preventing serious illness and death.
Masks, unlike getting the vaccine, are a perpetual irritation, especially in certain circumstances like talking, eating, and exercising. On that last front, a coalition from Washington, DC, gym owners decided Come to the city with a bargain: They would require clients to be vaccinated if the city grants them an exemption from the mask mandate.
This deal was win-win for everyone and should have been a no-brainer for the city. Vaccines are a much more effective and long-lasting anti-coronavirus measure than masks. Vaccinating people is the goal – no one should want to wear masks forever. If business owners pretty require vaccination than masks, so the government should allow them to do so.
So, of course, the city said no.
“I asked about the fitness coalition’s request for an exemption from the mask mandate if they just get vaccinated,” City Council Member Christina Henderson he said in a tweet. “DC Health is not granting waivers at this time. I asked what metrics we need to meet to rescind the mask’s mandate. They dare not bind to any particular metric.”
One would be forgiven for thinking that the city government likes masks more than vaccines. Certainly, the city is not doing everything in its power to encourage vaccination, and it is unwilling to spell out the conditions under which it would even consider lifting the mask’s mandate.
But requiring masks in all indoor public spaces indefinitely is not practical. Bowser certainly knows this is impractical, as she doesn’t bother to follow it herself: in fact, she officiated an indoor wedding without a mask few hours after the implementation of the mandate. Given his penchant for hypocrisy on this front, I’m surprised he didn’t personally turn down the gym owners’ offer while teaching a no-mask yoga class.