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D.C. Mayor: City Closer to Reopening, But Still Much to Do First

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city is making progress in reaching the necessary benchmarks to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic, but there’s still more work to be done to slow the number of reported cases and residents have a role in reaching 14 days of sustained decline.

“I know that as the weeks go on, it can be frustrating to continue staying home,” Bowser said. “But staying home is saving lives, and if we stay home now and get control of the virus, then we can have a safer and more successful reopening later. What we don’t want to do is open prematurely and erase all the progress we have spent weeks making. We have sacrificed too much to go backward.”

Bowser said residents can help by:

– Continuing to stay home. Get fresh air, but do so close to home and avoid crowded areas.

– Getting in the habit of wearing a mask. Masks will now be required for all essential businesses, rideshares and public transportation.

– Continuing to practice social distancing and continue to wash hands frequently. The mayor stressed that wearing a mask is not a substitute for social distancing.

Residents who feel sick are advised to call their doctor or the COVID-19 testing hotline. Those who have tested positive for COVID-19 should properly isolate, including from other people in the home. Those who cannot properly isolate at home and need a safe place to stay should call 1-888-349-8323.

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