Lifting the Stay-At-Home Order

Jose Garcia

About 23 hours ago, at the time of writing this article, DC Mayor Bowser had posted on her Instagram page a 9 slide post addressing “The Phase One” stay at home order. Mayor Bowser officially has announced to lift the stay at home but with restrictions/guidelines. But let’s start with the day she will be lifting the order, she announced that on this Friday, May 29th, 2020 she will lift the order due to surveys that have been sent out to D.C. Residents and a 14 day decrease in sustained community spread of the infamous virus. She is also assured that the nation’s capital has enough testing capacity in the case of another huge outbreak. Moving on to those non-essential retail businesses: they can operate with “curbside or front door pickup by customers for items ordered online or over the phone”, “delivery of items ordered online or over the phone. But no customers are allowed inside. Now moving on to barbershops and hair salons, yes ladies and gentleman they can open back up again, but there will always be guidelines to follow such as: appointment only and stations will be 6 feet apart. You cannot wait inside and the following services are prohibited: waxing, electrolysis, threading and nail care. Restaurants can continue with it’s takeout, delivery, and grab and go with an addition to those restaurants that have outdoor seating. They are able to resume the usage of that outdoor space with customers must be seated and patrons placing order and served outside, again tables must be at least 6 feet apart, and no more than six people per table. In D.C. dog parks, golf courses, parks, tennis courts, and track and field are reopening. But playgrounds, public pools, recreation centers, and other indoor DPR facilities are still closed. Contact sports such as basketball, football, and soccer are still prohibited. During this Phase One of reopening D.C. health care providers/facilities continue to offer surgical procedures that don’t interfere with hospital capacity or COVID-19 related resources. The mayor ended the slides by urgently telling D.C. residents that it is “Our Shared Responsibility. Our Special Responibility.” to keep wearing masks, social distancing, and frequent handwashing to keep our community safe. The unforeseen future is still yet to come, but we do need to follow these measures to be able to heal slowly but surely from this horrible virus. Have a good day and be safe.