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. Current Travel Requirements The DC government currently requires visitors to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of traveling (and to show results if asked by a business, hotel or restaurant); to avoid visiting if you are a close contact of a confirmed positive case; and to get tested within 3-5 days of arrival if you are visiting for more than three days.
The city already requires individuals to socially distance and wear face coverings. Read more up-to-date information about traveling to the city to ensure the health and safety of visitors.
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. Employees and patrons should socially distance and wear face coverings at all times.
Food service cafés and retail are allowed to open in line with industry standards. 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.
You can also learn more about DC's parks and gardens and read details of currently reopened sites below. The outdoor campus at THE REACH is accessible, including pop-up wine garden and café Victory Park, which will take a short break from Dec. 25 through Jan. 9, 2021.
Access includes the playground, fitness area and tables, but note occupancy is limited, visitors are asked to sanitize hands upon entry of the playground and all organized activities require a permit. 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 (HS EMA) to hold an arts, entertainment or cultural event.
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. 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. WHAT's enhanced cleaning measures include daily disinfecting of trains, buses and stations with mopping, wiping down high-touch surfaces or using electrostatic loggers.
Virtual, live, interactive and on-demand distance-learning programs continue at Ford's Theater's website. The museum grounds, including Temper Fidel is Memorial Park and the playground, will remain open.
Many institutions are requiring visitors to reserve timed-entry passes to aid social distancing measures, and masks are always a must. We recommend checking each spot’s safety protocols before visiting to ensure you’re prepared to follow the rules.
The indoor gallery at the Pavilions is open, and guests can explore the 230-acre campus’s bucolic outdoor spaces, which are full of trails, streams, and sculptures. 4155 Linear Avenue, NW Advance reservations are required to visit Marjorie Merriweather Post’s luxurious manor.
The museum is offering complimentary stylus pens for interactive activities. 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy, Mount Vernon Spend a day at George Washington’s estate, which includes the outbuildings where enslaved men and women were forced to work as blacksmiths and weavers.
400 4th St., SW Tickets can be purchased online and on site, and healthcare professionals with a valid employee ID receive free admission. In addition to regular security measures, thou shalt receive a temperature screening at the entrance.
6th and Constitution Ave., NW Reserve a timed entry pass to visit the West Building’s first floor galleries. The requisite passes are released each Monday at 10 AM for the next week, and tickets are not required for access to the Sculpture Garden.
1250 New York Ave., NW The museum is reopening on August 1, and encourages visitors to buy timed tickets to ensure entry while operating at limited capacity. 3001 Connecticut Ave., NW Timed-entry passes are required to enter the zoo and 5,000 tickets will be released each day.
The Small Mammal House, Reptile Discovery Center, and the Giant Panda House are closed, but you can still catch a glimpse of the pandas on the upper outdoor viewing path. 140 Rock Creek Church Rd., NW While the Cottage’s indoor area is currently off-limits, visitors can tour the property’s South Lawn and the neighboring US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery.
Just make sure you reserve a ticket in advance (the museum will release 1,500 passes each day). The National Air and Space Museum in DC remains closed.
But after a rise in positive cases in November, the Smithsonian and National Gallery announced they would close again, likely through January. “We both expressed growing concern about the increased number of cases in the region and across the country and came to the conclusion that caution needed to prevail to protect our visitors and staff,” said National Gallery of Art Director Kay win Feldman.
Two private museums, Glen stone (in Potomac) and the Krieger (on Fox hall Road), and the U.S. In December, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowler (D) announced that all museums in the city would be closed from Dec. 24 to at least Jan. 15.
After Bowler’s order, the National Museum of Women in the Arts announced it would be closed through March 2, “out of an abundance of caution for the well-being of our visitors, volunteers and staff.” Some museums, sculpture gardens and zoos across the area remain open, for now, with stringent social distancing precautions.
Remember to check websites and social media, as many attractions are operating with shortened hours, and not all exhibits may be open. Capacity is limited to fifty percent, which means only 400 visitors per day can take advantage of the timed tickets.
The aquarium reopened July 1 with new social distancing policies: Capacity is limited to 25 percent of the building’s occupancy, admission is by timed-entry tickets, and some exhibits, such as the touch pools, are temporarily closed. “On the first day, the penguins were all lined up against the glass,” a Zoo spokesperson told the Baltimore Sun.
I think visitors provide them a little entertainment.” Among the Zoo’s new precautions: Requiring timed-entry reservations to prevent overcrowding, a limit of 25 percent of capacity for indoor areas, such as the Giraffe House, and mandating a one-way flow through the grounds. Mount Vernon : George Washington’s historic estate became one of the first major attractions to reopen in the Washington area on June 21, though, for now at least, social-distancing rules mean visitors must reserve tickets for timed guided tours of the mansion, where only the first floor is open.
While other Smithsonian museums shuttered again, the Firstborn’s garden will be open daily, subject to capacity limits, and masks must be worn by all visitors aged 6 and older. Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens : One of Washington’s outdoor treasures reopened the week of June 22: a large collection of water gardens and marshland known for seasonal displays of lotuses and waterlilies.
As with many parks, portions of the Aquatic Gardens are closed to limit social distancing, including the popular boardwalk, and the restrooms are unavailable. But the river walk and other trails are open, and photo opportunities abound.
Some attractions, such as the National Bonsai and Pending Museum and the Visitors Center, remain closed. We’ve made sure to include the safety guidelines of each museum; please make sure to maintain social distance and wear a face covering during any and all visits.
Artists such as André Giroud, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Simon Denis and John Constable are featured in this exploration of the practice of painting en plan air. These avant-garde creatives would take painstaking journeys to incredible sites such as the ruins of Rome, the streets of Paris and the Swiss Alps to depict breathtaking landscapes.
The craft media displayed ranges from fiber to glass to mosaic to metals, representing the long-standing relationship between the artistic perspective and the natural world. Visitors can reflect on the valor and sacrifice of these groups, from the Revolutionary War to the present day, through this stunning display and the breathtaking memorial just outside the museum.