James Page receives a dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Bowie Senior Center in Bowie, Maryland, on April 21. (Robert R. Roberts/The Washington Informer)
**FILE** James Page receives a dose of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Bowie Senior Center in Bowie, Maryland, on April 21. (Robert R. Roberts/The Washington Informer)

As of the month of May, the District, Maryland and Virginia have moved to lift some coronavirus restrictions due to declining cases and rising vaccinations.

In the District, as of May 1:

– 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 percent capacity with up to 500 people and attendees must remain seated.

– Movie theaters may operate at up to 25 percent capacity per auditorium.

– Weddings and special events allowed indoors and outdoors at 25 percent capacity, with a waiver for attendance greater than 250 people. Attendees must remain seated and socially distanced.

– Gyms can operate at 50 percent capacity with no more than 250 people and indoor fitness classes can include up to 25 people.

– Places of worship may admit up to 40 percent of their capacity for the areas where worship services will be held.

– D.C. public school graduations will be held from June 19-24 at Audi Field.

– On May 14, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture will reopen.

– The public pools and splash parks will reopen May 29. The pools will operate at 50 percent capacity, while the splash parks will fully function.

In Maryland, as of May 1:

– Restaurants throughout the state will have their outdoor dining restrictions lifted and customers will be able to stand at outdoor bars. Seated service and physical distancing requirements will remain in place indoors at bars and restaurants.

– Masks and face coverings are no longer required outdoors in Maryland. Lifting the outdoor masking order is in line with new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.

– Face coverings are still required for Marylanders at all large ticketed venues as well as indoors at all public and private businesses and when using public transportation.

In Virginia, as of May 15:

– The maximum number of people allowed at social gatherings will increase from 100 to 250 people for outdoors settings and from 50 to 100 people for indoor settings.

– Indoor entertainment venues such as movie theaters will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30 percent capacity or 500 people. Outdoor entertainment venues, such as theme parks, will be allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity with no cap on attendees.

– Outdoor sporting events will increase from 500 to 1,000 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less. The number of spectators allowed at indoor recreational sporting events will increase from 100 to 250 spectators or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less.

– Restaurant establishments will not be required to close dining rooms from 12 a.m. to 5 a.m.

James Wright Jr.

James Wright Jr. is the D.C. political reporter for the Washington Informer Newspaper. He has worked for the Washington AFRO-American Newspaper as a reporter, city editor and freelance writer and The Washington...

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