Hotels are open and welcoming. Food trucks are coming in to help out. Thank you American Patriots.
The public health emergency is in effect through March 31, 2021. Please note, the following adjustments take place from Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 and last through Jan. 15, 2021:
- Indoor gatherings are capped at 10 people and outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people (both decreased from 50). These numbers apply to business meetings.
- Restaurants must stop serving alcohol at 10 p.m. but may stay open until midnight.
- Restaurants may not have indoor dining. Outdoor dining and carry out/delivery may continue.
- Museums must close (staff and contractors may enter for minimum business operations).
- The District’s live entertainment pilot program is suspended.
- The National Mall DC Circulator bus route is suspended.
- Libraries must close but patrons may pick up and drop off materials.
DC Travel Requirements
The District Government issued updated travel requirements, effective Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, for anyone traveling into Washington, DC from a jurisdiction with more than 10 COVID-19 cases per 100,000 people:
- Get a test within 72 hours of traveling, and if the test is positive, don’t travel.
- If you are a close contact of a confirmed positive case, don’t travel.
- If you are a visitor to DC for more than three days, get tested within 3-5 days of arrival.
- Adhere to the mandatory mask policy, exceptions include vigorous exercise or while actively eating or drinking.
Note that private institutions (universities, employers, hotels, hospitals, congregate care facilities and houses of worship) may ask visitors about recent travel and may require a record of a negative COVID-19 test before allowing admittance to their facility.
Exceptions to the travel requirements:
- Visitors from Maryland and Virginia
- People coming to DC for essential work may carry out those duties prior to receiving the results of their second test in DC (as long as they do not have symptoms or were not a close contact of a positive case within the past 14 days)
- Visitors who are coming into DC for less than 24 hours
- People traveling to DC for a family emergency or a funeral do not need to obtain a negative test prior to coming if obtaining such a test would be impractical, but must restrict their activities to those related to the emergency
DC residents returning to the District after traveling to any place other than Maryland, Virginia or a low-risk state or country must limit daily activities and self-monitor for 14 days upon their return OR limit daily activities until they get tested for COVID-19 (approximately 72 hours after their return) and receive a negative result.
Travel – Travelers must abide by the latest travel requirements (see above). Do not travel if sick, with someone who is sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. For those who meet the criteria to travel, continue social distancing and wear masks in public, especially indoors. If you are on essential travel, as defined by the Mayor’s March 30 order, you are required to self-monitor for symptoms and limit activities to the extent possible. Read more.
Restaurants – Service is open for outdoor dining and carry out/delivery. Restaurants may not have indoor dining as of Dec. 23, 2020. Read more.
Museums/Exhibits/Events – Museums will remain closed through Jan. 15, per the Mayor’s order. Read more.
Parks/Gardens/Recreation – Dog parks, golf courses, parks (but not playgrounds), tennis courts, tracks and fields opened in Phase One. Capacity for public gatherings is now at 25 people. Visitors should socially distance and remain 6 feet from one another. Recreation centers, bowling alleys, climbing gyms, squash or racquet clubs, skating rinks and skateboard parks have closed amid Phase Two adjustments. Read more. Outdoor attractions like the National Park Service Sites, Monuments and Memorials at the National Mall and around the city remain open.
Theaters/Cinemas/Entertainment Centers – These venues can open if granted a waiver to ensure social distance measures, contact tracing and other safety protocols by Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) to hold an arts, entertainment or cultural event. Read more.
Retail – Nonessential retail businesses are limited to 25 percent capacity as specified on their Certificate of Occupancy or 250 people including staff, whichever is fewer. Phase Two allows for personal services to open including hair and nail salons, massage and spas by appointment only and with strong safeguards and physical distancing in place. Read more. Read more.
Transportation – Non-essential ridesharing in a taxi or rideshare vehicle is permitted, but if ill, unless it is absolutely necessary, do not use carpool options. Wear face coverings and socially distance as much as possible. Read more. Metro will restore most service to pre-COVID-19 levels beginning Aug. 16. Customers should socially distance and are required to wear face coverings when traveling Metro. The DC Circulator’s National Mall route will be suspended from Dec. 23 through Jan. 15, 2021.