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Anti-vaccine protesters gather in front of the Lincoln Memorial Sunday Jan. 23, 2022.

Anti-Vaccine Mandate Rally Draws Misinformation, RFK Jr., and Comparisons to Nazi Germany

D.C. now requires proof of vaccination for extended entry to most indoor public spaces.

Anti-vaccine activists gathered on the National Mall Sunday to protest vaccine mandates, wrongly rip prevailing public health policy, and rail against the power of the pharmaceutical industry.  It was a marquee event for those opposing vaccine mandates for extended entry to most indoor public spaces. D.C.’s vaccine mandate went into effect just over a week…

Exterior of D.C. School

Council Approves Greater COVID Protections for Public Schools

The bill also includes a requirement to notify families of positive cases in classrooms.

The D.C. Council and some D.C. Public Schools teachers are on the same page when it comes to the latest demands for COVID safety in schools. That means Mayor Muriel Bowser has some homework. They want the mayor to enable paid leave for COVID-affected school staff, supply more high-quality masks and COVID tests, require more…

DC Nurses Association Protests Staff Shortages During Onset of Public Health Emergency

Not all medical staff are happy with all parts of the limited emergency order.

The DC Nurses Association picketed outside Howard University Hospital this morning as part of a National Day of Action to demand employers address the medical staffing crisis as cases of the omicron variant of COVID-19 surge in the U.S. The “new standards of care” and norms around staffing levels hospital employers are applying both endanger…

Pizzeria Paradiso chef and owner Ruth Gresser

Why Pizzeria Paradiso Is Done With Tipping After 30 Years in Business

Customers now see a 20 percent service charge for dine-in and a 12 percent service charge for takeout.

Chefs remember their first formal critique. For Ruth Gresser, the year was 1992 and Pizzeria Paradiso had only been open for a couple of months in Dupont Circle. Then-Washington Post critic Phyllis C. Richman had plenty of positive things to say, and a line formed outside the restaurant before the doors even opened for lunch…

Qui Qui DC Chef and Owner Ismael Mendez

Locals Who’ve Enforced Vaccine Policies Detail What Workers Can Expect Come Saturday

About 100 D.C. bars and restaurants instituted vaccine requirements before the mayor announced a citywide mandate. Enforcement has been rough and rewarding.

At Central Michel Richard downtown, Annie Boutin King greets three young adults as they come in for lunch. “Happy New Year,” she says. “Do you have a reservation? Do you have your vaccination card?” No, no reservation, but they have photos of their vaccine cards on their phones. One says she didn’t know it was…

Illustration of covid-19 vaccine

Some of Your D.C. Vaccine Mandate Questions, Answered

The first phase of the city’s indoor vaccine mandate takes effect Jan. 15 and covers businesses like restaurants and sports arenas.

Update 1/14: This story has been updated to include information on enforcement and violations. In late December, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced D.C. would join a host of other major cities in instituting an indoor vaccine mandate for businesses ranging from restaurants to sports arenas before the holidays. Starting Jan. 15 at 6 a.m., customers 12…

D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson

Mendelson bloquea el proyecto de ley sobre los protocolos COVID en las escuelas

El concejal independiente, Robert White, presentó la legislación de emergencia después de la fecha límite.

En la primera reunión legislativa de 2022 del Consejo de D.C., los miembros del Consejo de D.C. dieron la aprobación inicial a un proyecto de ley que aprobaría los registros de desalojo en ciertos casos. Presentado por la concejal del Distrito 3, Mary Cheh, el proyecto de ley busca proteger a los inquilinos contra la…

Council Chairman Phil Mendelson

Mendelson Blocks Bill on COVID Protocols in Schools

At-Large Councilmember Robert White filed the emergency legislation after the deadline.

In the D.C. Council’s first legislative meeting of 2022, D.C. councilmembers gave initial approval to a bill that would seal eviction records in certain cases. Introduced by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh, the bill seeks to protect tenants against housing discrimination. The Council also unanimously approved a bill from Ward 2 Councilmember Brooke Pinto, the…

A unit in poor condition at Meridian Heights Apartments on 15th Street NW

Presenting the 15 Most Popular City Paper Stories Published in 2021

You clicked on stories about problematic landlords, glitches at DOES, sandwiches, and restaurants requiring proof of vaccination.

To date, Washington City Paper has published 1,105 stories in 2021 in a variety of formats—our writers brought you newsletters, roundups of recommended dishes and activities, profiles, and investigations over the course of the year. The ongoing pandemic dominated our coverage, but when it comes to the stories readers clicked on most, COVID-19 didn’t dominate…

DC residents line up to acquire rapid COVID tests outside the Mount Pleasant Library on Dec. 22, 2021.

D.C. Residents Line Up For Rapid COVID Tests Amid Omicron Surge

The omicron variant is spreading rapidly throughout the world and D.C. has recorded record numbers of positive COVID-19 cases for more than a week. On Dec. 22, DC Health reported more than 1,500 cases. Since the burst, Mayor Muriel Bowser and DC Health have reinstituted a mask mandate, will require everyone 12-years-old and up to…


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