Mayor Urges Residents to Stay Home and Away From Cherry Blossoms; No Shelter-in-Place Order

Mayor Muriel Bowser urged residents to stay home and away from the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin and National Mall at her press conference at 11 a.m. The mayor said that residents may go out for essential activities and to get fresh air and exercise with immediate family, while keeping a safe distance from others. She did not order shelter-in-place as some expected.

Last night, the mayor announced that as of 7 p.m., DC had 18 new positive cases, for a total of 116.

Yesterday, the mayor announced the second death related to COVID-19 in DC, a 65-year-old woman. “The hearts and prayers of our entire city are with her family and loved ones,” Bowser wrote. “We are in a critical phase of this health crisis, and we need everyone doing their part to blunt the spread of the virus. We need people following the guidance of our public health officials, staying at home, and not doing anything to put themselves or our community at risk.”

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