Washington, DC imposes new restrictions on bars, restaurants to combat coronavirus

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser on Sunday announced a series of new restrictions on bars and restaurants amid the spread of coronavirus, as well as the suspension of all nightclub operations. 

Bowser tweeted that no more than 250 people are permitted to gather in restaurants or bars, while bar seating and service to standing patrons are now prohibited. 

Individual table seating, meanwhile, will be restricted to six or fewer people, while occupied tables and booths must be separated by at least six feet.

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“Venues licensed as nightclubs and multi-purpose facilities in the District of Columbia must suspend operations to comply with the Emergency Rulemaking to Prohibit Mass Gatherings,” Bowser added.

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Numerous jurisdictions have banned or restricted mass gatherings to mitigate the spread of the virus.

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