DC to Loosen COVID-19 Restrictions, Use Walk-Up Vaccine Sites

Anyone who pregistered for a vaccine will be offered an appointment

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D.C. will loosen COVID-19 restrictions starting Saturday, May 1, use walk-up vaccination sites and discontinue use of the vaccine preregistration system. 

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Monday that starting Saturday, D.C. residents and workers will be able to go to 11 high-capacity vaccination sites without needing an appointment for their first dose. This Wednesday is the last day preregistrations will be accepted. 

Anyone who pregistered for a vaccine will be offered an appointment. Go to the District’s coronavirus website to learn how and where to get vaccinated.

Here’s how COVID-19 restrictions will change starting Saturday: 

  • Non-essential retail businesses can have indoor capacity of 50%, up from 25%, or 250 people — whichever is lower 
  • Ten people can sit at a restaurant table, up from six 
  • Live music will be allowed outdoors for “summer gardens, courtyard dining and sidewalk cafes” 
  • Alcohol sales may be made at restaurants’ outdoor areas without a requirement to also buy food
  • Concert venues and theaters may open at 25% capacity with up to 500 people. Attendees must remain seated
  • Movie theaters may operate at up to 25% capacity per auditorium 
  • Weddings and special events are allowed indoors and outdoors at 25% capacity, with a waiver for attendance greater than 250 people. Attendees must remain seated and socially distanced 
  • Gyms can operate at 50% capacity with no more than 250 people. Indoor fitness classes can include up to 25 people 
  • Public and private pools may open with health and safety plans in place 
  • Outdoor splash pads will open at full capacity 
  • Places of worship may admit up to 40% of their capacity for the areas where worship services will be held
  • D.C. Public School graduations will be held from June 19 to June 24 at Audi Field

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. 

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