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What's Open, Reopening, Closed and Canceled in Washington, DC

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Find the latest coronavirus-related updates on attractions, museums, venues, festivals, events and more

The coronavirus pandemic has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area. The city is currently in Phase Two of recovery, which allows many businesses to reopen. Make sure to check out our list of reopened businesses and read below for more details on restaurants, attractions and museums, including helpful safety information.

During Phase Two, the DC government discourages non-essential travel, while recommending individuals continue to socially distance and wear face coverings. Read more up-to-date information about traveling to the city to ensure the health and safety of visitors. Looking for upcoming events? While many in-person gatherings have been impacted, local businesses, museums and festivals are hosting virtual events, which we're tracking on weekdays and weekends

Updated as of Aug. 3, 2020

What's Open/Reopening During Phase Two

Smithsonian National Zoo entrance with flowers


Museums, galleries and the National Zoo may open, but with limited capacity of up to 50 people in enclosed rooms or exhibit spaces. Outdoor spaces for museums may allow greater access. Events are permitted but with a max capacity of 50 people. Employees and patrons should socially distance and wear face coverings at all times. Food service cafes and retail are allowed to open in line with industry standards. Guided tours and large group tours are not allowed. Read more

  • International Spy Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. You must get advance tickets and abide by social distancing guidelines and mask requirements. 
  • Smithsonian's National Zoo is open to 5,000 people per day, face coverings required for guests 6 and up and guest passes required for entry (free timed entry pass or paid parking pass). The last entry time to the zoo is 3 p.m. Some exhibits are closed to visitors.
  • The Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, part of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, is open with advance tickets and masks required. Some artifacts will not be on view due to some planned construction. Food trucks will be available.
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., non-members should buy tickets online, guests and staff are required to wear face coverings and must social distance. 
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts is opening on Saturday, Aug. 1. Advance tickets, masks and social distancing are required.
  • Big Bus Tours' hop-on, hop-off National Mall tours are back in operation. Safety measures include socially distanced seating, sanitizing stations, contact-less payment and open-top seating. Get advance tickets and download the Big Bus app for real-time bus data.
  • Glenstone Museum is open Thursday to Sundays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Advance reservations required, tickets released two weeks in advance on Mondays at 10 a.m. Visits are limited to groups to 5 people. Additionally, The Pavilions will reopen in a limited capacity beginning July 23.
  • Museum of the Bible is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets, face masks and social distancing required. Use complimentary styluses on touchscreens. Read more "Thou Shalts".
  • ARTECHOUSE reopened July 9. Make sure to read the museum's safety protocols before planning a trip.
  • Heurich House Museum's Castle Garden is open by reservation only, Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
  • O Museum in The Mansion is open for socially distanced, masked visits with online reservations required. The garden is open for reservations as well.
  • National Gallery of Art's West Building reopened on July 20; timed passes required for entry. Read more.
  • The Kennedy Center is closed, but its JFK Memorial is open for visits with limited capacity, face coverings and social distancing. Outdoor areas of its on-site REACH campus are open, including Victura Park, a pop-up, outdoor wine garden with limited guests and social distancing required.
  • Tudor Place reopens its garden on Aug. 6, with the garden and grounds open from Thursday-Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Garden admission is free, but make sure to reserve a ticket.

Fresh vegetables at Centrolina in CityCenterDC - Farm-to-table locally sourced restaurant in Washington, DC


Service is open for outdoor dining, and indoor dining at 50-percent capacity. Bar areas are only open for seating without a bartender present. Tables are limited to 6 people max. Read more about the requirements for restaurants and peruse our list of open businesses, which includes restaurants. You can also check the status on outdoor dining options including beer gardenspatios and rooftop restaurantsTakeout and delivery service also remains a safe dining option.

Woman taking photo at Bartholdi Fountain on Capitol Hill - Parks in Washington, DC


Dog parks, golf courses, parks, tennis courts, tracks and fields opened in Phase One. Capacity for public gatherings is now at 50 people. Visitors should socially distance and remain 6 feet from one another. Recreation centers, bowling alleys, climbing gyms, squash or racquetball clubs, skating rinks and skateboard parks may open with a 50-person capacity or at 50 percent capacity in Phase Two. Playgrounds remain closed. Read more about the city's requirements and note that outdoor attractions like the National Park Service Sites, Monuments and Memorials at the National Mall and around the city remain open. You can also learn more about DC's parks and gardens and read details of currently reopened sites below.

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Theaters/Cinemas/Entertainment Centers

These venues can open if granted a waiver to ensure social distance measures, contact tracing and other safety protocols by Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA) to hold an arts, entertainment or cultural event. Read more about these requirements. Note that many area theaters are offering virtual programming - make sure to check our things to do for the week and weekend to review options.

Shop Made in DC - Dupont Circle local boutique and cafe selling made in Washington, DC products


Nonessential retail businesses may open to customers for indoor shopping if the number of persons in the establishment is at 50 percent occupancy and common areas are clearly marked for social distancing. Many shops offer online shopping with the option for curbside pickup. Barbershops and hair salons opened in Phase One with select services, Phase Two allows the reopening of tanning, tattoo, waxing, threading, electrolysis, cryotherapy, facial and other skin services and nail salons, requiring one client per employee, face coverings at all times and social distancing. Read more about the city's requirements for retailers and check out ways that you can support some of these local businesses in the District.

Open Hotel Room


If you find yourself in Washington, DC during this time and in need of a hotel, many DC-area hotels are open and ready to welcome guests. 

Brookland Metro Station and ArtsWalk - Brookland Neighborhood in Washington, DC


Non-essential ridesharing in a taxi or rideshare vehicle is permitted. if ill, unless it is absolutely necessary, and not use carpool options. Wear face coverings and socially distance as much as possible. Read more. Metro continues to operate at reduced levels and asks people to only use the system for essential trips. Customers should socially distance and are required to wear face coverings when traveling Metro. However, on Sunday, June 28, Metro will reopen 15 stations and reallocate bus service to address crowding as the region reopens. Pleas read Metro's press release for more details.

What's Closed

Canceled/Postponed Events & Festivals