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Where Do You Still Need to Wear a Mask Around DC?

It's hard to keep track!

Photograph courtesy Smithsonian's National Zoo (where you still need to wear a mask).

As the guidance around wearing masks continuously changes, it’s hard to keep track of where you can and can’t go maskless. Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Virginia Governor Ralph Northam both lifted mask requirements for fully vaccinated people in their states on May 14. Most recently, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser lifted both indoor and outdoor mask mandates for fully vaccinated people unless a business specifically requests otherwise.

More changes are coming. Starting Friday, May 21, most restrictions on public and commercial activity will be lifted. On June 11, bars, nightclubs, and large entertainment venues will be allowed to fully reopen.

This list will be updated.


Regardless of their vaccination status, travelers at Dulles International and Ronald Reagan Washington National must wear masks in the airport and on airplanes.

Amusement Parks

At Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, fully vaccinated guests are not required to wear masks. Fully vaccinated guests no longer have to wear masks at Kings Dominion. Guests five and up who are not fully vaccinated must wear masks at all times unless they’re on a water attraction, in Soak City Water Park, in the RelaxZones, or actively eating or drinking. Effective Saturday, May 22, fully vaccinated guests and employees are no longer required to wear masks in the outdoor areas at Six Flags, but masks are required in the indoor areas.

Capital One Arena

Spectators for NHL or NBA games are still required to wear masks in the arena unless they are actively eating or drinking.


Fully vaccinated customers in jurisdictions that have dropped their mask mandate (such as DC) do not need to wear masks in the store.

DC Public Libraries

Masks are required.

Fitness studios

Each of local chain Barre3‘s fitness studios sets its own mask requirements, so check before you go. As of Wednesday, May 19, fully vaccinated individuals can attend classes at Bluebird Sky Yoga without wearing a mask. As of May 20, Rumble is requiring a proof of vaccination to attend any class, and masks are optional. SoulCycle riders have to wear masks in all common areas, including check-in, but are able to remove masks once they’re set up on their bike if they choose. It’s up to Yoga District‘s instructors to decide whether students must wear masks, so check before you go.

Metrobus and Metrorail

Masks remain required.

National Gallery of Art

Visitors and staff must wear masks in indoor galleries. However, people in the outdoor Sculpture Garden are free to choose.

Nationals Park

Fully vaccinated spectators are not required to wear masks at upcoming games whether they are indoors or outdoors. Those not fully vaccinated still have to wear a mask unless they are actively eating or drinking.

Smithsonian Institution

Visitors are required to wear masks in the Smithsonian museums and at the National Zoo.


In jurisdictions that have dropped their mask mandate, fully vaccinated people have the option to mask up or go massless in the store.

Whole Foods

Following local mandates, fully vaccinated customers are no longer required to wear masks in DC Whole Foods stores.