By: Idaliz Ortiz -Director of Marketing and Communications
D.C. has joined Virginia and Maryland in closing nonessential businesses to help control the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the DMV. This includes a variety of businesses, such as coffee shops, restaurants and many retail stores.
The order goes into effect today Wednesday, March 25, at 10 p.m. through April 24.
"The intent of the order is to temporarily cease all nonessential business activities, including tour guides and touring services; gyms, health clubs, spas, and massage establishments; theaters, auditoriums, and other places of large gatherings; nightclubs; hair, nail, and tanning salons and barbershops; tattoo parlors; sales not involved in essential services; retail clothing stores; and professional services not devoted to assisting essential business operations," D.C. government officials indicated in its executive order.
To see more on the executive order, check here.
However, it isn’t always obvious what businesses are considered essential.
Here’s a rundown of businesses that are open and closed:
Open across the region:
In Maryland and the District, table service at restaurants, food courts, bars and taverns, including fast-food and fast-casual establishments, is prohibited. Takeout and delivery are allowed.
In Virginia, restaurant dining rooms, other dining establishments, food courts, breweries, microbreweries, distilleries, wineries and tasting rooms will be closed. Takeout and delivery are allowed.
In all three jurisdictions, residents are being urged to stay home as Metro has significantly reduced service, restaurants and bars are open only for carryout and delivery services, and personal care businesses, fitness centers, entertainment venues and schools are closed.
On Tuesday evening, Metro announced the closing of another 17 rail stations, effective Thursday, in “an effort to conserve critical resources and protect the health and safety of Metro employees and the public.”
Idaliz Ortiz is a Puerto Rican former multimedia journalist. She received a GLAAD award in 2017 for Spanish Programing - Special Feature, and was twice nominated for a Capital Emmy Award. She is currently the GWHCC Director of Marketing and Communications. Feel free to email her at firstname.lastname@example.org