Indoor Dining Resumes, Museums Reopen Friday

Other Services, Activities Remain on 'Pause'

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A couple dines, with masks still on their faces, inside Radici Market (303 Seventh St. SE) Friday morning. E. O’Gorek/CCN

We’re back in! Well, sort of.

Beginning Friday, Jan. 22, restaurants can allow indoor dining at 25 percent capacity or no more than 250 people, whichever is fewer.

Additionally, museums can open, but no more than 250 people are allowed per floor and no guided tours will be permitted.

DC Government services that were paused will remain suspended:

  • DC Public Libraries (DCPL)  will continue to only offer pickup and drop-off services.
  • The DC Circulator National Mall route will remain suspended.
  • The only allowable indoor operations at Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are individual reservations for swimming and fitness rooms. Socially distanced, non-high-contact activities can continue outdoors for adult and youth sports groups, and residents may continue to use fields for individual exercise.

Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) put restrictions on some activities in the District in place in December, hoping to stem an increase in COVID-19 cases over the holidays. She then extended the pause during the period of the inauguration in the wake of the January 6 insurrection by Trump supporters.

At her press conference Thursday, Bowser encouraged residents to support local restaurants by giving them both sit-down and takeout business during next week’s Winter Restaurant Week promotion, running Jan. 25 to Feb. 5.