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What's Open, Reopening, Closed and Canceled in Washington, DC

Find the latest coronavirus-related updates on attractions, museums, venues, festivals, events and more

Current Reopening Status
The city is currently in Phase Two of recovery, which allows many businesses to reopen. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced updates to the city's status that will go into effect on May 1. The Mayor strongly encourages residents and visitors to be cautious and to limit their exposure to other people so as to limit the spread of COVID-19. 

The coronavirus pandemic has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area.  Make sure to check out our list of reopened businesses and read below for more details on restaurants, attractions and museums, including helpful safety information.

DC needs everyone in our community to pre-register for a vaccination appointment by going to or calling 1-855-363-0333. Already vaccinated or pre-registered? Reach out to friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors and help them pre-register. Together, we can save lives and end this pandemic.

DC’s guidance for fully vaccinated people is here, including guidelines about when it’s okay to skip wearing a mask (i.e. small outdoor gatherings away from crowds). If not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a mask in public.

Current Travel Requirements
The District Government issued updated travel requirements, effective March 3, 2021, for anyone traveling into Washington, DC. The testing requirement is waived if an individual has been fully vaccinated and does not have COVID-19 symptoms. The requirement is also waived for those who have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 90 days and don't have symptoms. Private institutions and local government officials may ask for proof of a negative test. It is recommended to travel with your vaccination card with you in case documentation is required. Read more up-to-date information about traveling to the city to ensure the health and safety of visitors.

Please note that the National Park Service has implemented a mask requirement across all parks and federal buildings. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes. Additional public health measures are in place across the service, from capacity limits to one-way trails, or even temporary closures in response to local conditions. Visitors should check individual park websites and social media channels for details on operations before they visit. Park rangers are on duty to provide information, protect visitors and park resources, and uphold this requirement. Other tips to recreate responsibly are available on

Looking for upcoming events? While many in-person gatherings have been impacted, local businesses, museums and festivals are hosting virtual events, which we're tracking on weekdays and weekends.

Updated May 7, 2021

What's Open/Reopening During Phase Two


Outdoor spaces for museums may allow greater access. Employees and patrons should socially distance and wear face coverings at all times. Food service cafes and retail are allowed to open in line with industry standards. Guided tours and large group tours are not allowed. Read more.


Service is open for indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, outdoor dining and carryout and delivery at restaurants. Read more about the requirements for restaurants and check the status on outdoor dining options including beer gardenspatios and rooftop restaurants, as well as popular takeout and delivery options.


On April 9, The Washington Post reported that D.C. government officials had approved a request from multiple DC sports teams.


Dog parks, golf courses, parks, tennis courts, tracks and fields opened in Phase One. In Phase Two, outdoor gatherings are limited to 25 people. Visitors should socially distance and remain 6 feet from one another. Recreation centers, bowling alleys, climbing gyms, squash or racquetball clubs, skating rinks and skateboard parks may open with a 50-person capacity or at 50 percent capacity in Phase Two. Playgrounds remain closed. Read more about the city's requirements and note that outdoor attractions like the National Park Service Sites, Monuments and Memorials at the National Mall and around the city remain open. You can also learn more about DC's parks and gardens and read details of currently reopened sites below.

Theaters/Cinemas/Entertainment Centers

These venues can open if granted a waiver to ensure social distance measures, contact tracing and other safety protocols by Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) to hold an arts, entertainment or cultural event. Read more about these requirements. Note that many area theaters are offering virtual programming - make sure to check our things to do for the week and weekend to review options.


Nonessential retail businesses are limited to 25 percent capacity as specified on their Certificate of Occupancy or 250 people including staff, whichever is fewer. Phase Two allows for personal services to open including hair and nail salons, massage and spas by appointment only and with strong safeguards and physical distancing in place. Many Made in DC shops offer online shopping with the option for curbside pickup. Barbershops and hair salons opened in Phase One with select services, Phase Two allows the reopening of tanning, tattoo, waxing, threading, electrolysis, cryotherapy, facial and other skin services and nail salons, requiring one client per employee, face coverings at all times and social distancing. Read more about the city's requirements for retailers and check out ways that you can support some of these local businesses in the District.


If you find yourself in Washington, DC during this time and in need of a hotel, many DC-area hotels are open and ready to welcome guests. 


WMATA's enhanced cleaning measures include daily disinfecting of trains, buses and stations with mopping, wiping down high-touch surfaces or using electrostatic foggers. Metro has upped its deep cleaning of stations to four times that of the pre-Covid era. In addition, Metro launched new touch-free SmarTrip service for iPhone and Apple Watch devices, becoming the first rail system in the U.S. to offer a full service, touch-free payment option at every single stop.

Metro has restored most rail and bus service to pre-Covid levels across the region in the largest – and likely most complex – service change in the system's 44-year history. To support the effort, thousands of frontline Metro employees transitioned to new work schedules as the region continued its gradual recovery and attracted more customers. For more information, visit


What's Closed

Canceled/Postponed Events & Festivals

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