03 Aug

July 2020 Washington, D.C. HR Legal Updates

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D.C Expands Face Mask Requirement – Mandates Employer-Provided Masks

What happened?
Washington, D.C Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued a Mayoral Order, effective immediately, expanding face mask requirements.

What are the details?
New face masks requirements have been issued in a Mayoral Order by Mayor Bowser. These requirements include:

  • Employers will need to provide masks to workers in Washington, D.C.
    • Individuals leaving their residence will need to wear a mask when they are likely to encounter other people.
    • Places of business open to the public must put up signs noting that persons not wearing masks will not be allowed to enter.

Violations of the order can incur up to a $1,000 fine per violation. The Metropolitan Police Department is authorized to enforce these rules. No youth under the age of 18 will be charged with a violation.

The full order can be found here.

What do employers need to do?
Employers in Washington, D.C. will need to immediately begin supplying employees with masks. If the workplace is open to the public, they should create and post signage about entry being barred for individuals not wearing masks.


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