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Coronavirus-Related Reopenings, Closures and Canceled Events in Washington, DC

U.S. Capitol West Lawn - Washington, DC

See what's open and get the latest on museums, venues, festivals, events and more

The coronavirus pandemic has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area. While many in-person events have been impacted, local businesses, museums and attractions are hosting virtual events during weekdays and weekends

Find up-to-date information about traveling to the city to ensure the health and safety of visitors. Please find information below about openings and event and festival cancellations.

Updated as of May 28, 2020

What's Open During Phase One in Washington, DC

  • National Mall and Memorial Parks - National Park Service (NPS) has suspended Washington Monument elevator tours, but all outdoor memorials are accessible for close-to-home activities permissible under the District’s Phase One reopening plan, though with limited facilities and parking. Visitors should research current park conditions in advance at, maintain distance between people outside their household and take home everything they bring with them to keep outdoor spaces safe and healthy.
  • Restaurants - Eateries are allowed to serve diners outdoors only, with tables six feet apart and groups of no larger than six. Many DC-area restaurants have begun converting outdoor spaces to accommodate the new standards. Check with individual restaurants to ensure they have outdoor dining space and availability before going out to eat. Takeout and delivery service remains a safe dining option.
  • Parks & Recreation - Dog parks, golf courses, parks (but not playgrounds), tennis courts, tracks and fields are open in Phase One. However, playgrounds, public pools and recreation centers will remain closed. The Thompson Boat Center and The Wharf Boathouse have reopened by reservation only. Guests must wear masks at all times on dock and during launch and maintain social distancing (learn more). 
  • Hotels - If you find yourself in Washington, DC during this time and in need of a hotel, many DC-area hotels remain open and ready to welcome guests. 

Closures at Popular Museums, Attractions, Theaters & Other Venues

Canceled/Postponed Events & Festivals