Washington D.C. residents will be able to get their hair done or grab a bite to eat outdoors on Friday.
The Hill reports that Mayor Muriel Bowser will lift the city’s stay-at-home order on Friday.
Washington D.C. will enter phase one, which means some nonessential retail businesses can reopen for curbside pickup, outdoor dining can resume and hair salons can reopen if clients schedule appointments.
Under the order, gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited. Bowser said maintaining social distance, wearing masks and frequent hand washing is still recommended.
"I want to clarify this," Bowser said. "COVID-19 is still in our community, in our region, in our nation, and the public health emergency will continue."
There are still cases circulating, but the city met the criteria to begin to reopen. It had a 14-day decline in community spread and has adequate testing and hospital capacity.
Bowser announced the reopening with a warning that more cases could pop up. Bowser said a new testing site will open soon downtown and the city will be able to test more than 5,500 per day.
"More people can get infected because now more people will be moving around in the community," she said.
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