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Flag of the District of Columbia (Courtesy of dpw.dc.gov)

The District’s new coronavirus travel limitations went into effect Monday as the holiday season approaches and new cases surge nationwide.

Visitors traveling to the District from any state labeled by the city as a high-risk jurisdiction should take a coronavirus test and receive a negative result within 72 hours of arrival, D.C. officials said.

Anyone staying beyond three days will be asked to take another test while in the city.

City residents returning to the District from anywhere other than Maryland, Virginia or one of the low-risk states will need to limit daily activities and self-monitor for 14 days after they get back or to limit activities until they get tested within 72 hours after they return.

“We want all D.C. residents to heed this advisory, as well as people visiting the District,” Mayor Muriel Bowser said Monday, WTOP reported.

Currently, there are 42 states on the high-risk list. Exceptions will be made for family emergencies and funerals, the updated order said.

As of Monday, the city has roughly 18,000 reported coronavirus cases and 655 related deaths, according to health department statistics.

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