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DC resumes indoor dining at 25 percent capacity

DC resumes indoor dining at 25 percent capacity
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Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserGlitch in city system causes nearly 40K in DC to miss unemployment benefits last week Building an effective 9/11 commission for the Capitol riots Capitol Police recommend fence around Capitol stay up until September: report MORE (D) is lifting the coronavirus moratorium on indoor dining on Friday, allowing restaurants in the District to resume service indoors at 25 percent capacity.

Bowser's chief of staff John Falcicchio said in a tweet that indoor dining will begin after 5 a.m., ending the monthlong shutdown that was put in place in December to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Outdoor dining, takeout and delivery were still permitted under the order. 

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With the new guidelines, the city on Monday will be able to resume its Restaurant Week, which had been temporarily postponed due to the ban, WTOP reported.

D.C. will also reopen museums, allowing for no more than 250 people to be present on one floor at a time. Guided tours will remain suspended.

The city, like many others across the nation, is continuing to battle a surge in coronavirus cases. As of Jan. 21, the nation's capital has reported 34,905 total positive cases and 867 lives lost to the virus, according to the mayor's COVID-19 surveillance data.