The District of Columbia has recorded zero new deaths from COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the coronavirus, on Monday, May 25, which is a first since March 31.
Another good news from the nation’s capital is that there was a downward trend observed in the spread of the virus for 14 days.
The figures were announced by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser, who stated that the city is still on track for embarking on the Phase 1 of reopening that is set to start this Friday.
On Tuesday, 72 additional positive coronavirus cases were reported, bringing the District’s overall positive case total to 8,406.
In light of the current data, D.C.’s stay-at-home order will be lifted on Friday, May 29. However, the Public Health Emergency will remain effective, with gatherings of more than 10 people still prohibited.
With the first phase kicking off, nonessential retail businesses will be able to operate with curbside or front door pickup by customers for items ordered online or over the phone, as well as delivery of items ordered online or over the phone, but no customers will be allowed inside.
1/ The District’s reported data for Tuesday, May 26, 2020 includes 72 new positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, bringing the District’s overall positive case total to 8,406.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC (@MayorBowser) May 27, 2020
Barbershops and hair salons may provide services by appointment only, with their stations at least six feet apart and no waiting inside the shop. Waxing, electrolysis, threading and nail care will still be prohibited. Barbershops can sell hair products to their customers immediately before or after appointments, otherwise only through delivery or curbside-pickup.
Restaurants that already have outdoor seating can begin operating in that space, in addition to takeout, delivery, and grab and go. All customers dining outdoors must be seated and they must remain seated while ordering their food and being served. Tables must be placed at least six feet apart, with no more than six people at each table.
Dog parks, golf courses, parks, tennis courts, tracks and fields are permitted to reopen in the first phase, while playgrounds, public pools, recreation centers and other indoor DPR facilities will remain closed. Basketball, football and soccer are also prohibited as they require contact.
“Health care providers may continue to offer, or resume offering, outpatient or other surgical procedures that will not unduly burden hospital capacity or COVID-19 related resources,” according to the Mayor’s Office.
The Mayor’s Special Events Task Group, together with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT), will close a number of public spaces, including sidewalks, roads, and alleys, to motor vehicles on specific days and times to enable expanded pedestrian and bicycle usage, as well as outdoor customer seating for licensed eateries.