UPDATED 1:20 PM PT — Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Washington, D.C., is set to close all non-essential businesses in a move aimed at combating the spread of the coronavirus in the nation’s capital.
On Tuesday, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered all hair salons, tattoo parlors and other services “not related to an emergency response” to shut down. The mayor’s order will also ban all gatherings of 10 or more people in the District of Columbia.
2/ The intent of this Order is to temporarily cease all non-essential business activities, including tour guides and touring services; gyms, health clubs, spas, and massage establishments; theaters, auditoriums, and other places of large gatherings; nightclubs;
— Mayor Muriel Bowser (@MayorBowser) March 25, 2020
Bowser acknowledged commercial activity in the region has essentially been halted.
“We have shut down virtually (all) economic activity in our region, and we are going to make sure we are enforcing, to the extent that is possible, people not congregating in our public spaces,” stated the mayor. “That is how we’ll flatten the curve.”
The order is set to take effect on Wednesday and will last through April 24th.