Mayor Bowser: More Re-Openings in May and New High Capacity Vaccine Site
By Larry Janezich
Posted April 5, 2021
Today, Mayor Bowser held a situational update and made several announcements:
New and Upcoming Vaccination Clinics:
- On Friday, April 9, a new high-capacity vaccination site will open at Arena Stage. The site will be operated in partnership with DC Health and MedStar to distribute the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
- This week the Convention Center vaccine clinic will expand through a partnership with Safeway to distribute the Pfizer vaccine. Appointments will be sent out tomorrow, April 6.
- Appointments for both sites will be made through https://coronavirus.dc.gov/vaccinatedc and the city’s call center at 855 363 0333.
Re-opening: Bowser said that as the city continues to increase vaccination rates, the following activities will reopen on May 1.
- Seated live entertainment (traditional theater) indoors and outdoors at 25% capacity up to 500 people.
- Movie theaters at 25% capacity.
- Live music will be allowed near outdoor restaurant seating.
- Weddings and special events will be allowed indoors and outdoors at 25% capacity with a waiver for attendance greater than 250.
- School graduations and awards ceremonies will be allowed indoors and outdoors with capacity limits to be announced.
- Regional business meetings and seated conventions will be allowed indoors and outdoors at 25% capacity with a waiver for attendance greater than 250.
- Outdoor races will be allowed at 50% capacity.
- Indoor and outdoor public pools will be allowed to open at 50% capacity.
- Outdoor splash pads will be allowed to open at full capacity.
- Recreation centers will be able to operate indoors at 50% capacity.
- Libraries will be able to operate at 50% capacity.
- Museums galleries and exhibits will be able to operate indoors and outdoors at 50% capacity.
- Non-essential retail indoors and outdoors will be able to operate at 50% capacity.
- As of now, Bowser is not increasing capacity for Nats games at Nationals Park. A decision on re-opening for Wizards and Caps at Capital One Arena will be coming soon.
Bowser said that DC residents can help DC reopen by getting vaccinated ASAP, help others get vaccinated, wear a mask, social distance, practice good hygiene and prioritizing outdoor activities. As of April 2, 12.3% of DC residents have been fully vaccinated and 23% have been either fully or partially vaccinated.
Here’s a link to the Mayor’s PowerPoint presentation: https://bit.ly/3fFLk7L