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Live Entertainment, Swimming Pools: Here’s What to Look Forward to in DC This Summer

A number of relaxations and reopenings will be permitted by city government starting May 1.

DC officials announced a number of upcoming relaxations in Covid restrictions as well as reopenings in a press conference today. Set to go into effect the week of May 1, the proposed changes mark the potential for a much more normal-looking summer than last year. Here’s what to look forward to next month:

  • Seated live entertainment at 25 percent capacity up to 500 people, both indoors and outdoors
  • Movie theaters operating at 25 percent capacity
  • Live music near outdoor restaurant seating
  • Weddings, special events, business meetings, and seated conventions indoors and outdoors with a 25 percent capacity, with waivers for attendance over 250
  • School graduations and award ceremonies indoors and outdoors with capacity limits
  • Outdoor races at 50 percent capacity
  • Indoor and outdoor pools at 50 percent capacity
  • Outdoor splash pads at full capacity
  • Indoor recreation centers at 50 percent capacity
  • Libraries at 50 percent capacity
  • Museums, galleries, and exhibits at 50 percent capacity
  • Non-essential retail indoors and outdoors at 50 percent capacity

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Jane Recker
Assistant Editor

Jane is a Chicago transplant who now calls Cleveland Park her home. Before joining Washingtonian, she wrote for Smithsonian Magazine and the Chicago Sun-Times. She is a graduate of Northwestern University, where she studied journalism and opera.