Washington DC started a phased reopening on Friday as a coronavirus-based stay-at-home order was lifted, but as seen on Pennsylvania Avenue and restaurants in the city centre, not many people ventured outside.
I think it's going to take a while and I think that's good because we need necessary precautions, because you saw in Florida how people just rushed to the beaches and then our, you know, the data rose up again, people got sick again and that happened in the South as well, so I don't think we should push for mass reopenings
One local woman expressed her support for the phased nature of the reopening, saying «I think it's going to take a while and I think that's good because we need necessary precautions, because you saw in Florida how people just rushed to the beaches.»
«I don't think we should push for mass reopenings, I think we should go and be patient with it just so this doesn't happen again,» she added.
Restaurants reopened under social distancing guidelines that restrict service to open air tables, with no more than six guests per table and a limit of 50 percent occupancy.
«We are actually very happy that we come back because it was very stressful for us to be at home and not making any money, so we are happy to come back,» said Selena Vasquez, a restaurant worker.
Mayor Muriel Bowser allowed the partial reopening of business based on data that shows a decline in the number of COVID-19 infections in the District of Columbia.
On Thursday, DC, Maryland and Virginia reported 101 coronavirus-related deaths, among the highest single-day counts in the past two weeks. The total number of people infected in the area has surpassed 100,000.
According to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University, there have been over 1.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the US, with at least 102,000 deaths with the virus.