DC COVID-19 restrictions set to ease effective Saturday, May 1


Bowser to speak at 11:30 am

WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the loosening of Phase 2 COVID-19 restrictions in the District effective on Saturday, May 1.

New COVID-19 restrictions in the District include:

  • Non-essential retail businesses will be allowed to have an indoor capacity of 50%, up to 25%, or 250 people (whichever option is lower)
  • Restaurant table capacity increases from six people to 10 people at a table
  • Live music will be permitted for outdoor events that include summer gardens, courtyard dining, and sidewalk cafes
  • Concert venues can operate at a 25% capacity with up to 500 people
  • Movie theaters can operate at 25% capacity
  • Gyms will be permitted to operate at a 50% capacity with no more than 250 people, indoor fitness classes can include up to 25 people
  • Weddings and special events will be permitted indoors and outdoors at 25% capacity (with a waiver for attendance greater than 250) attendees must remain seated and socially distanced
  • Places of worship may admit up to 40% of their capacity for the room(s) or area where worship services will be held. The total limit number refers to only worshippers. Wearing a mask and social distancing will still be required.
  • Public and private pools may open with health and safety plans in place; hotel pools may only open to overnight guests

Bowser shared children ages 16 and older will be able to receive vaccinations through Children’s National Hospital. Effective May 1, no appointment will be needed at 11 walk-up vaccination sites in the District.

To find a COVID-19 vaccination site near you click here for more information.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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