May 28, 2020

Mayor Muriel Bowser Announces DC Phase I Reopening

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On May 27, 2020, Mayor Bowser announced that the current stay-at-home order will be lifted and the District of Columbia will enter into Phase I of its reopening plan on Friday, May 29. Accordingly, Mayor Bowser has issued Mayor's Order 2020-67, allowing barbershops, hair salons, restaurants, retail establishments, and other nonessential businesses to resume basic operations. Businesses that reopen will be subject to social distancing, and other restrictions and requirements.

The order also allows some public recreational facilities to reopen, including parks, tennis courts, dog parks, and other facilities, subject to social distancing requirements. Contact sports in public parks are still prohibited.

Other nonessential businesses, such as gyms, health clubs, spas, tattoo parlors, theaters, bars and nightclubs, and private social clubs, among others, must remain closed. Gatherings of more than 10 people will still be prohibited.

All businesses must follow DC Department of Health guidance related to social distancing and use of face coverings.

Despite this relaxation of the stay-at-home restrictions, the District of Columbia government continues to urge residents to stay home, except to meet essential healthcare needs, obtain essential food and supplies, or report to an essential job. Furthermore, the public emergency and public health emergency declared by Mayor's Orders 2020-045 and 2020-046, and extended by Mayor's Orders 2020-050, 2020-063, and 2020-066, are further extended to July 24, 2020, as authorized by the Council of the District of Columbia.

For questions or comments, contact:

Claude E. Bailey
202.344.8057 |