Washington – Washington, DC is emerging from its epidemic quarantine.
With the COVID-19 number falling, officials in the nation’s capital have announced a reopening deadline that will end all indoor capacity limits by early June, but with façade requirements still in place.
Mayor Muriel Boeser on Monday unveiled the two-phase plan, which included a ban on the ability to lift the most indoor activities on May 21, with the exception of nightclubs and entertainment venues. Those final ranges will have their capacity limits removed by June 11.
Both dates represent a pair of major intersections for Washington, both for the daily lives of its residents and for the hospitality-heavy economy, driven by tourism and conventions.
Director of Health Department Dr. “We are quickly and enthusiastically reaching the containment level of the virus in our jurisdiction,” said LaCandra Nesbitt.
Virus metrics show that the daily case rate is not at the level after last summer. Nesbitt said contract tracing for new virus cases “will remain a 24/7 operation.”
As of May 10, Bowser said that more than 200,000 DC residents were fully vaccinated. He also announced that the Overflow Field Hospital, which took over Washington’s Convention Center last year, would be demolished.
“I’m grateful that we never had to use it,” Boeser said.
The DC government will bring its work-at-home employees back to their offices in phases. Bauser said that by July 12, all DC government employees will work at least part time from the office.
The 21 May shift will remove all capacity restrictions on restaurants, gyms, schools, offices and houses of worship. Bosser said she hopes to immediately approve a waiver request from owners of Monumental Sports, Capital and Wizards for potential playoff games to increase attendance capacity from 10% to 25%. The Capitals are solid in the NHL playoffs, while the Wizards are fighting for the final spot in the NBA’s Eastern Conference play-in tournament.
Bowser has generally stepped more carefully on easing restrictions than its neighbors in Virginia and Maryland. In many cases, surrounding counties encompassing the capital region in southern Maryland and northern Virginia have been chosen to remain close to the conservative line of bowsers.