The National Park Service (NPS) is back to issuing permits for demonstrations and other public events on the National Mall as of Wednesday, June 24, following a three-month suspension due to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Permits can be issued for demonstrations, commercial filming and photography, and special events,” according to a statement released by NPS Wednesday.
The move comes as part of the city’s Phase Two reopening, with the expiration Tuesday of a Record of Determination that temporarily stopped the issuance of permits.
Organized sports are excluded from the new decision for now, as per recommendations of public health officials.
“For more than three months, the National Park Service has not permitted events on the National Mall. Despite COVID-19 restrictions, large First Amendment activities and demonstrations are occurring with increasing frequency and size,” Jeff Reinbold, superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks, was quoted as saying.
“By resuming the issuing of permits for events, we are better able to provide for the health and safety of participants and ensure all groups have the opportunity to assemble and be heard,” he added.
More activities are expected to be permitted on the National Mall in the coming weeks.
In order to receive a permit, individuals or organizations must apply in person or by mail Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 4 pm. Further details can be viewed at go.nps.gov/MallPermits.
Simple wreath layings do not require permits and are allowed as long as participants practice proper social distancing.