All D.C. residents 16 and older will be eligible to receive a coronavirus vaccine starting April 19, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced.

Residents can pre-register for a vaccination shot at the District’s online portal or by phone, Bowser tweeted Monday, adding that “all essential workers in Phase 1C Tier 3 still become eligible on April 12,” including key employees of higher education institutions, construction workers and indispensable IT workers.

At a news conference earlier in the day, Bowser announced the relaxing of additional coronavirus restrictions that will occur on May 1. Recreation centers indoors, public libraries, museums, galleries and exhibits indoors and outdoors and non-essential retail indoor and outdoor will be able to operate at 50% capacity.

Seated live entertainment in such venues as theaters will be allowed to congregate at 25% capacity or up to 500 people indoors and outdoors and movie theaters will be able to operate at the same level. Live music will be allowed near outdoor restaurant seating. Special events such as weddings, regional business meetings and seated conventions will be allowed to operate at 25% capacity indoors and outdoors.

Events such as school graduations and awards ceremonies will receive instructions from Bowser at a later time. Outdoor races such as 5K runs and public pools will be allowed at 50% capacity, with outdoor splash pads open at full capacity.

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