Sunday, January 17

Washington DC adds stricter coronavirus restrictions

SESSION. Mayor Bowser during a daily briefing. Photo file.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser tightened restrictions on restaurants and social gatherings for the first time since the city entered Phase 2 in June in an effort to curb the rising rate of coronavirus infections.

Bowser said Monday that private indoor gatherings will be limited to 10 people; and outdoor gatherings will be limited to 25 starting Wednesday.

Restaurants must close at midnight and the sale of alcohol will not be allowed after 10:00 pm. Indoor dining room capacity will be reduced to 25% starting December 14.

Houses of worship can still be 50% capacity, although maximum service attendance should be capped at 50 people instead of 100. Bowser also said indoor exercise classes and all live entertainment should be canceled.

DC’s new restrictions come after Virginia and Maryland reimposed restrictions as cases increased.

On Friday, an order from Maryland Governor Larry Hogan began requiring bars and restaurants to close at 10:00 p.m. for indoor service and reduced the capacity allowed in retail stores, religious facilities, gyms and entertainment facilities. 50% personal services.

On the same day, Prince George’s County imposed a weekend curfew at National Harbor for unaccompanied minors.

DC, Maryland and Virginia reported 5,039 new cases Monday. That brought the region’s seven-day moving average of infections to 4,824, the 20th consecutive daily record.

Source: The Washington Post

Free translation from English by El Tiempo Latino.

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