January 22, local time, Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington, D.C., announced the lifting of the strict ban on indoor dining in restaurants and allowing local restaurants to open indoor dining at a 25% indoor capacity rate.
The order went into effect at 5 a.m. ET on January 22, officially ending the one-month ban on indoor meals in Washington, D.C. to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.
The order still allows outdoor dining, takeout and home pickup. In addition to the indoor dining ban, Washington, D.C. will reopen the museum and require a maximum capacity of 250 visitors at a time, and guided tours will continue to be suspended.
Washington, like many other cities in the United States, is still struggling with the coronavirus.
As of January 21, 34,905 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 867 deaths from COVID-19 were reported in Washington, D.C., according to the statistics on COVID-19 cases released by the Mayor’s Office.