D.C. will ease coronavirus restrictions beginning Saturday and implement other measures such as using walk-up vaccination sites and ending its preregistration requirement.

City officials announced Monday that residents will be able to go to 11 high-capacity vaccination sites without having an appointment for the first dose.

Wednesday is the last day preregistrations will be accepted, though anyone already preregistered will be offered an appointment.

The restrictions set to change Saturday:

– The indoor capacity for nonessential retail businesses will increase to 50%, up from 25%, or 250 people, whichever is lower.
– Ten people can sit at a restaurant table, up from six.
– Live music allowed outdoors for summer gardens, courtyard dining and sidewalk cafes.
– Alcohol sales can be made outside at restaurants without a requirement to buy food.
– Concert venues and theaters may open at 25% capacity with up to 500 people and attendees must remain seated.
– Movie theaters may operate at up to 25% capacity per auditorium.
– Weddings and special events allowed indoors and outdoors at 25% capacity, with a waiver for attendance greater than 250 people. Attendees must remain seated and socially distanced.
– Gyms can operate at 50% capacity with no more than 250 people and indoor fitness classes can include up to 25 people.
– Public and private polls may open with health and safety plans in place.
– Outdoor splash pads will open at full capacity.
– Places of worship may admit up to 40% of their capacity for the areas where worship services will be held.
– D.C. Public Schools graduations will be held from June 19-June 24 at Audi Field.

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This correspondent is a guest contributor to The Washington Informer.

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