D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a number of new guidelines on the weekend for how bars and restaurants in the city must operate in response to the widening coronavirus outbreak.
Bar seating is now suspended, as well as service to standing individuals. Tables will be limited to six people. Business managers will have to ensure that the maximum number of customers inside at the same time would be 250.
Tables and booths at restaurants and bars will have to be placed at least six feet apart as customers are seated.
Nightclubs in D.C. will have to completely stop operating until further notice.
(Thread) This notice clarifies the actions restaurants, taverns, nightclubs, and multi-purpose facilities must take to comply with the District of Columbia Department of Health’s (DC Health) Emergency Rulemaking to Prohibit Mass Gatherings effective March 13, 2020.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) March 15, 2020
The new rules came into force on March 13 as part of the Department of Health’s (D.C. Health) Emergency Rulemaking to Prohibit Mass Gatherings.
There were 23 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the District at the time of this report.