As America reopens for business, elected leaders who choose to re-engage their economies are doing so in phases. These phases are designed to gradually stimulate the economy while still monitoring COVID-19 data and not sparking a second wave of the virus.
For quite some time now, cities and states across the nation have lived under some austere stay-at-home orders. These orders subsequently prompted pushbacks, lawsuits against elected officials, and social demonstrations in support of reopening.
Sources confirm that Washington D.C. is one of the latest cities to begin reopening in America. Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser announced yesterday that the city will begin to progressively reopen for business, starting on Friday, May 29.
What to Know About D.C.’s Plan to Reopen
When Mayor Bowser detailed the plan for re-engaging the D.C. economy, she explained that her Executive Order prompting the end of the shutdown on Friday will mark phase one. Under the first reopening phase, select “non-essential” retail enterprises can reopen in the nation’s capital, with certain guidelines.
Today: 5 pm Community Leader Telephone Town Hall on coronavirus (COVID-19) phase one reopening.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC (@MayorBowser) May 27, 2020
Restaurants will be able to resume curbside pickup and delivery, along with select outdoor seating. Likewise, haircuts can happen on an appointment-basis, whereas places like dog parks, tennis courts, tracks and fields, golf courses, etc., are in the clear to reopen. Mayor Bowser also gave healthcare workers the green light to conduct surgeries deemed as “non-elective.”
When announcing the move to re-engage D.C.’s economy, the mayor reiterated that coronavirus is not yet gone. Bowser also urged residents to continue social distancing, practicing healthy hygiene, and wearing face masks. However, the D.C. mayor further stated that she doesn’t “anticipate” the city regressing back into another shutdown.
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