Downtowner DC: Vaccine, Bus Fares, Boebert’s Glock


D.C. Sets COVID Vaccine Goals

D.C. officials have announced target dates for COVID vaccinations. Beginning this week, the first shots will go to residents aged 65 and older. Designees for the week of Jan. 25 are essential workers in public safety, grocery store employees, workers in pre-K through grade 12 educational settings and day-care workers. Then, the week of Feb. 1, residents with chronic medical conditions and additional essential workers can expect access to the vaccine.

Former Post HQ to Get Restaurant

Despite the ongoing health pandemic, a new restaurant will be moving into the former longtime headquarters of the Washington Post at 1150 15th St. NW. Coming this spring, Dauphine’s will feature two dining rooms, charcuterie and oyster bars and outdoor seating, Washingtonian magazine reported. At the new place, chef Kyle Bailey of the Salt Line will make riffs on classic New Orleans fare.

Metrobus Is Back to Collecting Fares

After nine months of having riders board from the back without paying fares due to social distancing, Metrobus is again asking riders to pay. Still in effect: the mask requirement, driver barriers and daily cleanings. Prince George’s County in Maryland and Fairfax and Arlington Counties in Virginia have all begun requiring fares again, too. No word yet on when the Ride On buses in Montgomery County, Maryland, will join them.

Police Chief Warns New Member of Congress

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colorado) posted a video on Twitter talking about why she plans to carry her Glock to Congress. In it, she says: “Government does NOT get to tell me or my constituents how we are allowed to keep our families safe.” Acting D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee warned that she will be subject to the same penalties as any other person caught in D.C. carrying a firearm.

Home Buyers Compete in D.C. Market

Believe it or not, despite the current pandemic, home buyers continue to find the D.C. housing market quite competitive. The District still has a fairly strong economy and low down-payment options, as well as record-low mortgage rates and lack of sufficient inventory, WTOP reported. Due to these factors, there was a 25-percent increase in regional sales activity in 2020 over 2019.

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