It is expected that all restrictions on the occupancy rate of premises will be lifted by the beginning of July.
Amid a decline in the incidence of COVID-19, the city of Washington announced an opening schedule, according to which it is expected to lift all restrictions on the occupancy rate of premises by the beginning of July.
At the same time, the requirement to wear masks will remain in force.
Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday unveiled a two-step plan that would see most restrictions on indoor events lifted on May 21, except for bars, nightclubs, and entertainment venues.
For these businesses, the occupancy restrictions will be lifted by June 11.
From May 21, restrictions on the occupancy of restaurants, gyms, schools, offices, and religious buildings will be lifted.
Bowser said she would likely approve a request from Monumental Sports, which owns the Capitals hockey team and Wizards basketball team, for an immediate increase, as an exception, in occupancy from 10 percent to 25 percent for possible playoff games.
The District of Columbia government will be phasing out remote employees back into its offices.
Bowser said that by July 12, all DC public employees will be at least partially employed in the offices.
The mayor said that, as of May 10, more than 200 thousand residents of the District of Columbia have been fully vaccinated.
She also announced that a field hospital deployed at the Washington Convention Center last year in case of hospital overcrowding would be dismantled. “I’m glad we never needed it,” Bowser said.