Mayor Issues ‘Holiday Pause’ of Activities

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a mayor’s order to shut down certain activities from Wednesday, Dec. 23, at 10 p.m. until Friday, Jan. 15, at 5 a.m. The order also extends the District’s current state of emergency and public health emergency through the end of March of next year.

The mayor encouraged residents to exercise extreme caution during the holiday season — even when it comes to unrestricted activities — to keep the spread of COVID-19 from getting worse.

In this “holiday pause” period, there will be no indoor dining, only outdoor dining and takeout. Museums and libraries will be closed to the public. The Department of Parks and Recreation will offer only individual swimming and fitness room sessions. Employees of nonessential business will be required to telework, with the exception of staff members needed to maintain minimal operations.

Also, though grocery stores and big-box stores are no longer subject to a 25-percent or 250-person maximum occupancy, they must make plans for safe social distancing and occupancy restrictions.


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