Following are posts about the effects of the coronavirus epidemic in the D.C. region (also the LWVNCA region) in date order, with the newest at the top of the list.
The Washington region is further reopening in the coming days [June 12 and forward], and although health officials warned that the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, Maryland and Northern Virginia are letting more businesses resume after months of closures, moving fully into Phase II.
- From The Washington Post, June 10, 2020, By Ovetta Wiggins, Erin Cox, Patricia Sullivan and Dana Hedgpeth~ Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R) announced Wednesday [June 10] that the state’s day cares, gyms, malls, school buildings, casinos and amusement parks can reopen within the next 10 days — an extension of its Phase 2 reopening. Restaurants will be able to offer indoor dining with 50 percent capacity. . . . Northern Virginia will enter Phase 2 on Friday [June 12], joining other parts of the state.
- A June 9, 2020 Washington Post article by Patricia Sullivan, Dana Hedgpeth and Lauren Lumpkin, stated that Northern Virginia and Richmond will move to the next phase of shutdown recovery starting Friday, Gov. Ralph Northam announced, as data shows the novel coronavirus appears to be slowing its spread across the region. To read more about Covid-19 updates in Virginia, click here: https://www.virginia.gov/coronavirus/ .
- From The Washington Post, May 28, 2020: Beginning Friday [May 29], communities across the Washington region will shake loose from some of the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. But the new action plans released by each government vary in what locations and businesses will be opened, a reflection of how the virus has landed differently across the region.Virginia, which started a limited reopening earlier in May, will extend the modified rules [Phase One] for businesses, churches, public recreation and other locations to the counties in suburban Washington, City of Richmond and the Eastern Shore of Virginia. In Maryland, Gov. Larry Hogan (R) has left many decisions to local communities. As noted in the article: "Maryland’s jurisdictions still are developing their own plans for reopening based on the state government’s recommendations. Some hard-hit areas, such as Montgomery County, have said their communities are not ready to ease restrictions, although Prince George’s County, which has had the highest number of infections in the state, announced that it will be gradually reopening beginning June 1. Other jurisdictions are moving forward with limited aspects of the protocol." Read article from The Washington Post Reporter, Kyle Swenson, May 28 at 1:00 PM which includes a chart of rules for reopeniing in the region's jurisdictions.
- From The Washington Post, May 27, 2020 at 9:42 p.m. EDT: "D.C. to join Northern Virginia in slight reopening Friday; Maryland suburbs not sure" reporters Fenit Nirappil, Emily Davies and Ovetta Wiggins, state: "The District will join Northern Virginia suburbs Friday [May 29] in taking tentative steps toward ending their prolonged economic shutdown, the start of a gradual reopening of the coronavirus-battered Washington region." Read entire article here
- On May 13, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan said that the stay-at-home order originally put in place on March 30th to deal with the coronavirus pandemic would be changed to Phase One “safer-at-home” advisory, starting on May 15, although some jurisdictions such as Montgomery and Prince Georges counties [MD] are not ready to relax their restrictions on that date. See complete article at https://wtop.com/coronavirus/2020/05/maryland-coronavirus-update-may-13/ .
- On May 12, Virginia Governor Northam issued Executive Order Sixty-Two which allows the Northern Virginia localities to delay implementation of Phase One until midnight on Thursday, May 28, to allow those localities more time to meet the health metrics. Full press release can be read here https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/may/headline-856741-en.html
- On March 30, 2020, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Stay at Home orders for their respective jurisdictions. On March 31, they were joined by twenty-one chief local elected officials of suburban Maryland and Northern Virginia in a joint statement on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Read the full statement from the Metropolitan Washington Council of Government