Mayor Bowser Announces COVID-19 Phase Two Adjustments

Tuesday November 24, 2020

In case you missed it, Mayor Bowser announced yesterday the following Phase Two COVID-19 adjustments that will go into effect tomorrow, November 25:

  • Non-essential, non-retail businesses are strongly encouraged to continue telework.
  • Indoor gatherings may not exceed 10 people (this applies to indoor gatherings that are not subject to any other rule such as restaurants, houses of worship etc).
  • The limit for outdoor gatherings is now reduced from 50 to 25 people.
  • Restaurants may stay open until midnight, but alcohol sales, service, and consumption (excluding carry-out and delivery) must end at 10pm.
  • The number of people inside houses of worship indoors at any one time is reduced from 100 people to 50 people. The maximum allowable capacity is 50%. The lower of these two numbers is the maximum capacity at any one time indoors for houses of worship. Virtual services, rather than in-person services, continue to be encouraged.
  • Gyms, private trainers, and other businesses and recreation centers must suspend all indoor group exercise classes and all outdoor group exercise classes of 25 or more people.
  • Entities previously granted a waiver for the live entertainment pilot will be contacted about their ability to proceed with acts or performances that have already been booked.

In addition, beginning Monday, December 14, the maximum indoor capacity of restaurants is reduced from 50% to 25%. The Mayor noted that this date was chosen specifically to give restaurants time to adjust plans and operations.
Additional testing hours and sites were also added this week, including at Nationals Park, to help meet testing demand. Visit the Testing page on for information regarding COVID-19 public, provider, and at-home testing resources, with additional testing resources provided by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington.

Given the rapidly evolving nature of this public health emergency, information shared today is subject to change, especially if case counts continue to increase. Please continue to utilize as a resource for the latest guidance. MVT CID strongly advises all stakeholders to follow CDC health and safety guidance to include wearing a mask and staying six feet apart from others. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out via email at with any additional questions you may have.