DC Mayor Announces
New COVID Protocols

*UPDATED JAN 5th*

Dear Krewe Members—
 

We are delighted you'll be joining us January 26th-30th for Washington Mardi Gras (2022 WMG). In November, we released the 2022 WMG COVID protocols that were developed in partnership with Ochsner Health. At the time of the announcement, our initial protocols were compliant with the local District of Columbia's COVID protocols. 
 

Due to the more recent uptick in Omicron variant cases, we were forced to update WMG protocols to comply with the DC Mayor's Order issued last month, along with a new update she released just days ago. 

 

The Mayor's updated protocols require patrons to now show proof of at least one dose of COVID Vaccine, beginning January 15th, 2022. The revised protocols now include very narrow religious and medical exemptions combined with a negative PCR COVID test result. (More details below.)

 

Our common goal is to keep all 2022 WMG attendees as safe as possible, nothing more, nothing less.  
 

 

Over the next few days, please take a few minutes to download and update your MyBindle app. After completing this process, you are good to go for all your ticketed festivities at Washington Mardi Gras.
 

 

Here are a few reminders from previous communications we have sent, as well as some additional clarifying information regarding the recent update to the Mayor's Order:
 

  • The Mayor's New Order (2021-148) requires proof of at least one vaccine dose as a condition to entry unless one of the narrow exceptions (described further below) can be utilized and effectively relied upon.

  • The proof of single-shot vaccination requirement will not apply to any 2022 WMG attendee entitled by law to a reasonable accommodation due to a medical condition or a sincerely-held religious belief who properly follows the procedure outlined below.

 

PROCESS FOR MEDICAL CONDITION EXEMPTION
Any unvaccinated person claiming a medical condition exemption must:

1) By no later than 5:00 pm CST on January 21st, notify the Krewe Office of such intention by sending an email to covidquestions2022@mkofl.com, AND provide the Krewe Office with a written doctor's note stating that such person cannot or should not be vaccinated for medical or health reasons. The email must also include the medical provider's name, title, address, contact information and medical provider/license or similar number or identifier; and

2) The attendee will be required to provide a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 24 hours before your first ticketed 2022 WMG event.

 

 

PROCESS FOR RELIGIOUS EXEMPTION
Any unvaccinated person intending to attend 2022 WMG based on a sincerely-held religious belief must:

 

1) By no later than 5:00 pm central on January 21st notify the Krewe Office of such intention by sending an email to covidquestions2022@mkofl.com, which, at a minimum, provides a detailed description of the basis for the sought religious accommodation, and 

2) The attendee will be required to provide a negative PCR test taken no earlier than 24 hours before your first ticketed 2022 WMG event.

Attendees granted admittance due to one of these narrow accommodations and who fully comply with the previous requirements and procedures will be manually credentialed with the assistance of our Krewe help desk rather than through the MyBindle app. 

Any attendee seeking an accommodation who fails to comply with any of the preceding requirements and procedures will not be allowed to attend 2022 WMG.

A few important notes regarding the COVID protocol process:

  • Downloading and fully completing the MyBindle before you leave for DC will save you time once you arrive!

  • No one in the Krewe, delegation, or otherwise will have access to any of the medical/vaccine data on the app. MyBindle manages the data on a secure platform and will destroy all data at the conclusion of the weekend.

  • If you have any questions or issues with the MyBindle app, please send them to covidquestions2022@mkofl.com, and someone will be in touch with you. 
     

Also, there will be a special COVID Help Desk located at the entrance of the T-Street Lobby at the Washington Hilton. Here you will find updated information about the COVID policies in place, any changes that may occur during the weekend, as well as assistance with MyBindle, if anyone has technical difficulties. 
 

We are putting together the final preparations for what is sure to be a most exciting Mardi Gras celebration! We cannot wait to see you at the end of the month in Washington!
 

Laissez les bons temps rouler,

 

G. Wayne Smith
Senior Lieutenant

 

Mark A. Ackal
Senior Lieutenant


Tyron Picard
Senior Lieutenant


Scott Crawford
Senior Lieutenant


Ted W. Jones
Senior Lieutenant