New COVID-19 restrictions come to the DMV

With DC, Maryland, and Virginia experiencing a return of high COVID-19 infection rates, new COVID-19 restrictions have been implemented across the Washington metropolitan area.

Washington, DC

In the District, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-119 to modify the District’s Phase Two requirements regarding outdoor and private indoor gatherings; capacity restrictions for restaurants and houses of worship; and various fitness activities. The Order also strongly encourages continued telework. The details for the District’s new restrictions are available at

On Monday, Dec. 14, the District will require restaurants to restrict their indoor capacity from 50 percent to 25 percent.


In Maryland, Governor Larry Hogan issued as set of various orders designed to prevent an overburdening of the state’s healthcare system, including the restriction of hospital and nursing home visitations; a 10 p.m. closure of all bars and restaurants; and a 50 percent cap on the occupancy of retail and religious establishments. The details for the Maryland’s new statewide restrictions are available at

Maryland also has new county-specific restrictions:

Governor Hogan also recently announced the launch of a wide-scale compliance, education, and enforcement operation to slow the spread of the virus and keep Maryland safely open for business.


In Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam also updated the Commonwealths;s COVID-19 restrictions, including the restriction of in-person gatherings to no more than 25 individuals; expanding the mask mandate; placing a curfew on on-site alcohol, and increasing enforcement efforts. The details for Virginia’s new statewide restrictions are available at

Governor Northam also shared a new video to update Virginians on the additional steps the Commonwealth is taking to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Troy Petenbrink

Troy, also known as The Gay Traveler, is a well known travel and food writer. His has been a regular contributor to a variety of outlets including National Geographic, Travel Channel, DCRefined, CBS Local, and Metro Weekly. He also appears on local Washington news outlets as a travel expert.

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