D.C. Mayor Bowser orders all non-essential businesses to close

By: - March 25, 2020

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser speaks to reporters about coronavirus during a news conference, Friday, March 20, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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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.

Derick Datcher pauses as he loads non-perishable food into his car in the loading dock at Capital Area Food Bank in Washington, Thursday, March 19, 2020, for people associated with the LAYC Career Academy in Washington D.C., who can’t because of the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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.

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Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police vehicles parks along an empty Independence Avenue and behind yellow police tape near the Tidal Basin and cherry blossoms, in Washington, Monday, March 23, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)



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