At Hanks Oyster Bar on Capitol Hill, patrons enjoy Happy Hour the day before D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order suspending the use of restaurant bar seating and service to standing patrons in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. (DR Barnes/The Washington Informer)
At Hanks Oyster Bar on Capitol Hill, patrons enjoy Happy Hour the day before D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued an order suspending the use of restaurant bar seating and service to standing patrons in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. (DR Barnes/The Washington Informer)

Contact tracing on patrons at D.C. restaurants and bars will end Friday, the city’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board decided this week.

The board’s unanimous decision Wednesday removes the last of the District’s coronavirus-related restrictions on food and drink establishments.

The ruling was the last step needed to fully open the city’s nightlife scene that has floundered during the pandemic, particularly nightclubs, which were closed for much of the pandemic and are currently limited to 50% capacity.

Approximately 52% of District residents are now partially or fully vaccinated. The city reported a 37% decline in new cases over the past week.

Click here to view the updated guidance on regulations for public establishments in the District.

Brenda Siler is an award-winning journalist and public relations strategist. Her communications career began in college as an advertising copywriter, a news reporter, public affairs producer/host and a...

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