WASHINGTON (WDVM) — Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser announced further COVID-19 restrictions in the District in a Monday morning press conference. The phase two adjustments announced will go into effect Wednesday, November 25.
Bowser said that last Sunday 139 new positive coronavirus cases were confirmed, bringing the District’s positive case total to 20,290. Two residents died from COVID-19 Sunday, and the city now stands at 672 total COVID-19 deaths.
Bowser said that DC has been conservative from the start in opening its economy. DC has remained in “phase two” of reopening as surrounding areas entered phase three in the past months. Bowser announced while there is not a full rollback to phase one, there will be adjusted guidelines for phase two.
“Today we’ll be rolling back several phase two activities,” said Bowser. “These changes are meant to flatten the curve, help us reserve hospital beds for the most in need of care, and keep our community safe during this nationwide surge.”
New restrictions include:
- Limit for outdoor gatherings reduced from 50 to 25 people
- Indoor gatherings may not exceed 10 people
- Number of people allowed inside houses of worship reduced from 100 to 50 people. Allowable capacity reduced from 50% to 25%
- Gyms must suspend all indoor group exercise, all outdoor exercise limited to 25 people
- Live entertainment permissions are suspended