DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Monday that a number of modifications will be made to the current coronavirus guidelines that are part of Phase 2 reopening.
The mayor’s latest order restricts meetings in houses of worship, indoor and outdoor gatherings, restaurants’ operation, indoor and outdoor group exercises.
On Monday, the District recorded 139 new cases of COVID-19 and two new deaths related to the infectious disease.
The new rules that will take effect on Wednesday, November 25 include:
- Outdoor gatherings (excluding services in houses of worship) will be limited to 25 people, down from 50.
- Indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people, down from 50.
- Indoor group exercise classes will be suspended and outdoor group workouts will be limited to 25 participants. (Individual exercises are permitted.)
- Restaurants will end alcohol sales at 10 pm, but will be able to continue offering dining until midnight.
- Indoor worship services will be limited to 50 people or 25 percent capacity.
- Non-essential businesses are encouraged to continue teleworking.
- DC’s recently implemented live entertainment pilot will be temporarily suspended. (As part of the pilot, six DC venues were permitted to host performances for up to 50 guests.)
The District’s overall positive cases has reached 20,409 and the death toll of residents from COVID-19 was 673 with one additional death (a 93-year-old male) reported on Tuesday.
DC introduced earlier in November the requirement of getting tested for coronavirus for visitors from high-risk states. The test must be taken within 72 hours ahead of the travel.
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