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Washington, D.C. Announces Phased Reopening Schedule

Posted by Christina Nicol, Student Travel Consultant on May 22, 2020 1:37:35 PM

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On Thursday (May 21, 2020), the ReOpen D.C. Advisory Group announced plans to reopen Washington, D.C. over the summer. Collaborating with John Hopkins and over 17,000 community members, the group researched and organized a four-stage reopen plan for the nation's capital that focuses on safety and wellness for the whole population.

 

Washington, D.C. will begin phase one of reopening on Friday, May 29th. Here's what that means for student travel going forward.

 

 

Note: This is a brief summary of what was discussed in the presentation as if pertains to student travel. If you're interested in more details, please read the full presentation here or check out the ReOpen D.C. landing page.

 

The ReOpen D.C. Plan is made up of four stages and outlines how and when different businesses, schools, and attractions will begin opening over the summer. Michael Chertoff, one of the two chairs of the committee, stated that this reopen plan does not eliminate risk, but it will "reduce risks while moving D.C. to a new and better normal" for the future.

 

Travel is discouraged until phase three, but we're excited to see museums, restaurants, and public transportation begin to open during phases one and two. 

 

Phase One: 

  • What needs to happen: Phase one is scheduled to begin May 29, 2020 after 14-days of a sustained decrease in community spread and a low transmission rate of more than 9 days.

  • Travel: Discouraged

  • Universal safeguards encouraged (masks, physical distancing of 6 ft., regular hand washing and disinfecting)

  • Hotels: Open with safeguards

  • Restaurants and Food: Restaurants open outdoor seating with physical

    distancing and safeguards

  • Museums and Exhibits: Closed

  • Shared Transportation: Non-essential shared transit discouraged

 

Phase Two:

  • What needs to happen: Washington, D.C. is only experiencing localized transmission

  • Travel: Discouraged

  • Universal safeguards encouraged (masks, physical distancing of 6 ft., regular hand washing and disinfecting)

  • Hotels: Open with safeguards

  • Restaurants and Food: Restaurants open indoor seating with physical
    distancing, safeguards, and up to 50% capacity

  • Museums and Exhibits: Museums open with limited capacity (5 people per
    1,000 sq. ft not to exceed 50% capacity)

  • Shared Transportation: Non-essential shared transit can resume

 

Phase Three:

  • What needs to happen: Washington, D.C. is only experiencing sporadic transmission

  • Travel: Can resume

  • Universal safeguards encouraged (masks, physical distancing of 6 ft., regular hand washing and disinfecting)

  • Hotels: Open with safeguards

  • Restaurants and Food: Restaurants continue 50% capacity, with case-by-case approvals for expansion

  • Museums and Exhibits: Museums can allow limited capacity (10 people
    per 1,000 sq. ft not to exceed 75% capacity)

  • Shared Transportation: Non-essential shared transit can resume

 

Phase Four:

According to the Advisory Board, Washington, D.C. will only enter Phase Four "when a vaccine or other cure has been widely administered, or the disease has effectively disappeared." With news about vaccines and treatments coming every day, hopefully we'll begin to see this phase on the horizon soon.



 

We are deeply saddened by those who have been affected and impacted by the COVID-19 virus around the world. We know a lot of travelers have questions and concerns about safety, so we will be releasing several videos within the next few weeks about travel safety. Please stay tuned for more updates, and we look forward to serving you in the future.

 

 

Topics: Travel Safety

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