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If you are out in DC, Maryland and Virginia [DMV], you are still required to wear a mask, with a few exceptions for vigorous exercise or while you’re actively eating or drinking. A self-quarantine of 14 days is required after participating in non-essential travel to/from high-risk areas when returning or traveling to the DMV area.

Travel – Non-essential travel outside of the DMV area is discouraged. Do not travel if sick, with someone who is sick or if you have been around someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days. Continue social distancing and wear masks in public, especially indoors. If you are on essential travel, you are required to self-monitor for symptoms and limit activities to the extent possible. 

Restaurants – Service is open for outdoor dining, and indoor dining at 50-percent capacity. Bar areas are only open for seating without a bartender present. Tables are limited to 6 people max. 

Museums/Exhibits/Events – Museums, galleries and the National Zoo may open but with limited capacity of up to 50 people in enclosed rooms or exhibit spaces. Events are permitted but with a max capacity of 50 people. Employees and patrons should socially distance and wear face coverings at all times. Food service cafes and retail are allowed to open in line with industry standards. Guided tours and large group tours are not allowed.  

Parks/Gardens/Recreation - Dog parks, golf courses, parks (but not playgrounds), tennis courts, tracks and fields opened in Phase One. Capacity for public gatherings is now at 50 people. Visitors should socially distance and remain 6 feet from one another. Recreation centers, bowling alleys, climbing gyms, squash or racquet clubs, skating rinks and skateboard parks may open with a 50-person capacity or at 50 percent capacity in Phase Two. Playgrounds remain closed. Outdoor attractions like the National Park Service Sites, Monuments and Memorials at the National Mall and around the city remain open.

Theaters/Cinemas/Entertainment Centers – These venues can open if granted a waiver to ensure social distance measures, contact tracing and other safety protocols by Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) to hold an arts, entertainment or cultural event.


Read more about DMV Reopenings You Can’t Miss This Summer.

Retail – Nonessential retail businesses may open to customers for indoor shopping if the number of persons in the establishment is at 50 percent occupancy and common areas are clearly marked for social distancing. Barbershops and hair salons opened in Phase One with select services, Phase Two allows the reopening of tanning, tattoo, waxing, threading, electrolysis, cryotherapy, facial and other skin services and nail salons, requiring one client per employee, face coverings at all times and social distancing. 

Read more here.

Transportation – Non-essential ridesharing in a taxi or rideshare vehicle is permitted. If ill, unless it is absolutely necessary, and not use carpool options. Wear face coverings and socially distance as much as possible. Metro will restore most service to pre-COVID-19 levels beginning Aug. 16. Customers should socially distance and are required to wear face coverings when traveling Metro.

Visitors to the DMV area should follow the protective steps outlined by the CDC:

  • Wash hands often, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol

  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands

  • Cough into your elbow and sneeze into a tissue

  • Consult with a doctor before traveling when sick

  • Stay up to date on vaccinations

  • Avoid traveling if you are sick

  • Avoid contact with people who are already sick

  • Avoid contact with animals while traveling

  • Be aware of latest travel advisories from the CDC and the U.S. Department of State

  • Get a flu vaccine

  • Take everyday precautions to stop the spread of germs

  • Take flu antivirals if prescribed

Note: Older adults and people with underlying chronic medical conditions are at higher risk for developing more serious complications from COVID-19.

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