Monumental Sports & Entertainment announced on Tuesday that effective November 22, fans will no longer be required to wear masks inside the Capital One Arena.
The news comes hours after DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said she would lift the indoor mask mandate the same day.
NEW: @MayorBowser says she will lift DC’s indoor mask mandate starting Monday, November 22. Masks will always be needed in places like schools and other gathering places.
– Martin Austermuhle (@maustermuhle) November 16, 2021
MSE followed up on this update with a statement from them that includes the company still requiring all of its employees to remain masked while working at games or events.
An update from Monumental Sports & Entertainment
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– Monumental sports and entertainment (@MSE) November 16, 2021
Capital One Arena has not required proof of vaccination to attend games or events this season.
The news also comes just after the National Hockey League had to postpone several Ottawa Senators games due to a COVID-19 outbreak in their locker room.
The NHL will postpone games against New Jersey on Tuesday as well as Thursday against Nashville and the Rangers here in Ottawa on Saturday due to the COVID-19 outbreak with 10 players in protocol. The club canceled their flight to New Jersey. #Sense
– Bruce Garrioch (@SunGarrioch) November 15, 2021
Health experts across the country expect COVID-19 cases to increase after the holidays as Thanksgiving and Christmas approaches. Coronavirus infections are already on the rise in more than half of all states right now.
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