Mayor Bowser Update: Preregistration, Parking Enforcement, Relaxed Restrictions Coming
by Larry Janezich
- Today marks one year since declaration of Public Health Emergency.
- Yesterday, 77,141 preregistered – 33,098 were those not eligible yet.
- On Friday, DC Department of Health will send out 13,550 invitations to sign up for a vaccination, randomly selected from those eligible preregistered individuals.
- Those registered by 11:59pm on Thursday night – or any future night before the invitations go out – will be in the pool from which randomized selections will be drawn.
- No one will be turned away from a vaccination appointment because of a lack of documentation.
- Health care providers also have vaccine. (One reader of CHC after receiving an invitation to book an appointment recently said he arranged an appointment at a Medstar facility near Nats Park by calling 833-205-1553, and added that many appointments were available.)
- CDC recommendations for how fully vaccinated individuals (2 weeks after the last shot) can interact can be found here: https://bit.ly/3erzoG9 Scroll down to the section which starts on page 12.
On other matters:
Parking has started to be enforced by DPW.
No parking in school zones will be enforced starting next Monday. From March 15 through March 19, warning tickets will be issued – no fines, but vehicles could be relocated (call 311 to locate the vehicle in that case). $25 tickets will be issued starting March 22.
Full parking enforcement will be phased in gradually.
Here’s what’s being enforced:
- No parking is school zones.
- Non-commercial vehicles illegally parked in commercial loading zones.
- Large vehicles (22 feet +) illegally parked next to a recreational park, school, church, or residential domicile.
- Safety violations – parking near bike lanes, cross walks, fire hydrant, etc.
Here’s what’s not being enforced:
- Emergency No Parking violations (vehicles may be relocated).
- Expired DC license plate and inspection stickers.
- Expired Residential Parking Permits.
- Expired Meters.
- Vehicle booting and towing.
Asked about relaxed restrictions in MD, Mayor Bowser said that sometimes Maryland and Virginia have done things at the state level which do not translate to the county level – and what happens in the counties surrounding us has been the most concern.
DC Department of Health is taking a look at the restrictions and the Mayor said she will talk next Monday about loosening some Phase 2 restrictions. And more as spring unfolds.
An announcement on restrictions on access to the Tidal Basin cherry blossoms will be announced soon.