D.C. Chef José Andrés is promising people paella if they stay away from the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin. His request comes after the National Parks Service asked people to stay home and practice social distancing.
Andrés started the #StayHomeCherryBlossomsChallenge to motivate D.C. residents and tourists to avoid the popular site on the National Mall.
He tweeted Sunday morning saying "next year we will cook a huge Paella for thousands of Washingtonians to celebrate life, and our beautiful" Washington D.C. The chef has been tweeting all morning using the hashtag to get people on board.
The U.S. Park Police shut down Ohio Drive at Independence Avenue SW on Saturday and are not allowing vehicles into the Tidal Basin. This step was taken to limit the crowds and discourage people from congregating at the cherry blossoms.
As the coronavirus continues to spread, officials at all levels are urging people to stay home and practice social distancing to limit the spread of the virus and the number of people exposed to COVID-19.