What Phase Two Means For Washington, D.C., Covid-19 Response

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Mayor Bowser.

On Monday, June 22, we will move into Phase Two of our COVID-19 response. As we plan for the changes ahead, it is critical to remember that even though we have more testing, contact tracers, and hospital capacity than we did in March, this virus is still in our city, region, and nation. Without a vaccine or a cure, we must continue to take precautions - social distance, practice good hygiene, and wear a mask.

In Phase Two, District Government will remain in a modified telework posture, with adjustments to several agencies, including the Department of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

So, what else is changing in Phase Two?

The mass gatherings limit will now be set at no more than 50 people. Nonessential retail businesses may have customers inside as long as they operate at no more than 50% capacity and have social distancing safeguards in place.

Tanning, tattoo, waxing, threading, electrolysis, cryotherapy, facial, and nail salons may open by appointment only. Indoor dining will be allowed as long as restaurants do not exceed 50% capacity.
Gyms, health clubs, and yoga, dance, and workout studios may open in accordance with guidance from DC Health.

DPR Pools may open for structured activities, including lessons and lap swimming, and apartment and condo pools may open in accordance with guidance.

Playgrounds, courts, and fields will open, and low and moderate contact sports will be allowed. While houses of worship are encouraged to continue virtual services, indoor capacity limits will be adjusted to no more than 100 persons or 50% of capacity, whichever is less.

Camps may open with no more than 10 persons in a cohort and with social distancing protocols and other safeguards. Libraries may reopen at 50% capacity. Learn more about Phase Two at coronavirus.dc.gov/PhaseTwo

As we move forward, let's remember to take care of each other. Wearing masks, social distancing, washing our hands frequently, and staying home when we are sick - these are ways to stop the spread of the virus. But also remember to check in on people. Call seniors who have been staying home. Check in with friends, family, and coworkers. These have been and continue to be challenging times for many, but we are getting through it together.

Muriel Bowser is Mayor
Washington, D.C

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