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Bowser Announces New Regulations for D.C. Due to COVID-19 Uptick

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has announced new coronavirus-related restrictions amid a recent surge in cases in the city.

The restrictions are modifications to Phase 2, of which the District has been operating under in the public health emergency due to the coronavirus pandemic since June. The restrictions will go into effect Wednesday.

Bowser encourages nonessential, non-retail businesses to continue to allow their employees to telework.
The mayor said social gatherings will be limited to 25 people outside and 10 people indoors. Restaurants may stay open until midnight but sales and consumption of alcohol must stop at 10 p.m.

Depending on which is smaller, capacity for houses of worship has been reduced from 50 percent to 25 percent or 100 to 50 people. Live entertainment in the city has been suspended until further notice.

While people can work out by themselves in gyms, indoor and outdoor exercise classes with more than 25 people must be halted until further notice.

For restaurants, indoor capacity will be reduced from 50 percent to 25 percent, though that change won’t go into effect until Dec. 14 to give businesses time to make the necessary adjustments, Bowser said.

Salon and barber services will not be affected by the new order, Bowser said.

The mayor said the new restrictions are a necessity as the virus continues to spread.

“We hope to help and guide Washingtonians to limit their exposure so that we can get the virus under control in our city until we get to the other side where the vaccine will be widely available,” she said Monday during a press conference to announce the latest restrictions, WRC-TV (Channel 4) reported.

As of Tuesday, D.C. has 20,409 coronavirus cases and 673 related deaths since the start of the pandemic, according to the city health department.

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