The decree of the mayor of Washington will be valid from March 25 to April 24.
Washington mayor Muriel Bowser issued an Executive order temporarily closing all businesses that are not of primary importance, and banned gatherings of ten or more people in connection with the spread of the coronavirus in the District of Columbia. The decree was published on the website of the District of Columbia administration.
The city authorities have temporarily banned all city travel agencies, gyms, health clubs, spas and massage establishments; theaters, cinemas, auditoriums, night clubs, hairdressers and nail salons, tattoo parlors, retail clothing stores and other non-essential businesses.
1/ Today, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), I ordered the temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses and prohibited gatherings of 10 or more people. pic.twitter.com/gpJ8tVoj03
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) March 25, 2020
The decree will take effect from 22: 00 on March 25 until April 24.
In addition, on the evening of March 24, metro officials decided to close 17 Washington metro stations starting on March 26 in order to “preserve critical resources and protect the health and safety of metro employees and the public.” Two stations were already closed last week.
Now, passenger traffic in the Washington metro has decreased by 90%. After closing, 72 of 91 capital metro stations will continue operating.