Washington comes out of quarantine

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All occupancy restrictions are expected to be lifted by early July

The U.S. capital is coming out of a pandemic quarantine.

As the COVID-19 outbreak declines, Washington, D.C., city officials announced an opening schedule that is expected to lift all occupancy restrictions by early July.

At the same time, the requirement to wear masks will remain in place.

Mayor Muriel Bowser on Monday unveiled a two-step plan that would lift most indoor event restrictions on May 21, with the exception of bars, nightclubs and entertainment venues.

For those establishments, occupancy restrictions will be lifted by June 11.

Starting May 21, occupancy restrictions for restaurants, gyms, schools, offices and religious buildings will be lifted.

Bowser said she would likely approve a request by Monumental Sports, which owns the Capitals hockey team and the Wizards basketball team, for an immediate increase, as an exception, in occupancy from 10 to 25 percent for possible playoff games.

The Capitals have already secured a playoff spot in the NHL, and the Wizards are in the NBA Eastern Conference play-in tournament, which will determine the final playoff participant.

Washington comes out of quarantine

The D.C. government will be phasing in its employees who work remotely back into the offices.

Bowser said that by July 12, all D.C. government employees will be at least partially in the offices.

The mayor said that as of May 10, more than 200,000 D.C. residents had been fully vaccinated.

She also announced that the field hospital deployed at the Washington Convention Center last year in case hospitals overflowed will be dismantled.

“I’m glad we never needed it,” Bowser said.