The nation’s capital could lift its stay-at-home order and begin a phased reopening of certain businesses before the end of the month, The Hill reported Thursday.
Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the city would be set to reopen certain businesses, with restrictions, if the spread of coronavirus continues to wane.
"It’s not an on and off switch. We will not be able to go back to life as we enjoyed it in February. But we are incrementally adding activities back in our lives, which we all miss and are all eager to get back to," she said, The Hill reported, adding she'll make the decision Tuesday.
The Hill reported a task force advising Bowser on the city’s reopening suggested the first of four reopening phases would allow barbers and hair salons to open by appointment only. Hotels would open with safeguards in place.
Restaurants would be open for outdoor seating, but with physical distancing requirements and no parties greater than six. Nonessential retailers would be open for curbside pickup only. The city would open parks, fields, golf courses and tennis courts, but not playgrounds. Worship services would be capped at 10 people, The Hill reported.
Beginning to reopen May 29 would put the city ahead of schedule. The current stay-at-home order was extended to June 8, The Hill reported.
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