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What's Open & Reopening in Washington, DC

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

Washington, DC is Fully Open

As of Friday, June 11 all capacity restrictions in DC are lifted and the city is 100% reopen. Residents and visitors are required to follow the CDC’s mask guidance. All people are required to wear a mask on Metro, buses, in taxis and rideshare vehicles, schools, childcare facilities and healthcare settings. Fully vaccinated people only need to wear masks or social distance in places where it is required. The public health emergency is in effect through July for largely administrative purposes. Updated information on DC’s operating status is at

Follow DC’s guidance for fully vaccinated people, including guidelines about when it’s okay to skip wearing a mask. If not fully vaccinated, you are required to wear a mask in public.

Current Travel Requirements

Fully vaccinated travelers (or visitors who tested positive for COVID-19 in the previous 90 days) may travel to DC from domestic locations without quarantining unless showing symptoms of COVID-19. If traveling from an international location, visitors must show a negative test before boarding a flight to the U.S. and get tested 3-5 days following travel. To know: fully vaccinated is defined as 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose series, or after one dose of a single-dose vaccine. There are additional travel guidelines for DC residents from DC Health.

Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers must follow COVID-19 testing and quarantining requirements for non-essential travel, including to get a COVID-19 test 1-3 days before visiting DC; if a traveler tests positive while in DC, they must complete their isolation before traveling home, and susceptible close contacts must complete a 10-day quarantine. You don’t need a COVID-19 test if traveling from Maryland and Virginia or if you’re in DC less than 24 hours. A COVID-19 test is required if essential travelers have more than one week of notice, and they should limit activities in DC. To know: Private institutions and local government officials may ask for proof of a negative test.

Looking for upcoming events and activities? Check out countless things to see and do this summer, from July 4 fireworks to outdoor movie screenings to Labor Day weekend festivities. You can also find the latest events and festivals on weekdaysweekends and this month.

Updated June 24, 2021

What's Open


The DC government has allowed for unlimited capacity at museums and attractions. However, individual entities may impose their own capacity limits. All Smithsonian museums require free, timed-entry passes. Visitors can acquire passes online or by phone at 1.800.514.3849, ext. 1 up to 30 days in advance. Same-day passes are also available to reserve for the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Museum of American History. Visit the Smithsonian Institution’s website for all hours of operation and the full reopening schedule. Find out more about regulations and health precautions directly from each museum or attraction.


What's Open Right Now 

What's Reopening Soon


As of June 11, capacity restrictions have been lifted at bars and nightclubs. Check the status on outdoor dining options including beer gardenspatios and rooftop restaurants, as well as popular takeout and delivery options.


Currently professional sports may operate pursuant to a waiver. Anticipated capacity is for 10,000 fans at Nationals Park; 5,000 at Audi Field; 2,100 at Capital One Arena and 450 at the Entertainment and Sports Arena through June 10. Starting Friday, June 11, capacity restrictions will be lifted at large sports and entertainment venues. 


Dog parks, golf courses, parks, tennis courts, tracks and fields are open. Recreation centers, bowling alleys, climbing gyms, squash or racquetball clubs, skating rinks and skateboard parks also no longer have any capacity restrictions. Outdoor attractions like the National Park Service Sites, Monuments and Memorials at the National Mall and around the city are open. Learn more about DC's parks and gardens and read details about the status of recently reopened sights below. 

Theaters/Cinemas/Concert Venues/Entertainment Centers

Waivers are necessary for nightclubs and entertainment venues operating through June 10. Starting June 11, capacity restrictions will be lifted at entertainment venues. 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.


Capacity restrictions have been lifted at nonessential retail businesses, hair and nail salons, massage and spas. Note that individual businesses may enforce their own health precautions. Many Made in DC shops offer online shopping with the option for curbside pickup. Check out ways that you can support some of these local businesses in the District.


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. You can also take advantage of special deals and peruse locations that are ideal for sports fans, history buffs, families with kids and more.


WMATA's enhanced cleaning measures include daily disinfecting of trains, buses and stations with mopping, wiping down high-touch surfaces or using electrostatic foggers. Metro has upped its deep cleaning of stations to four times that of the pre-Covid era. In addition, Metro launched new touch-free SmarTrip service for iPhone and Apple Watch devices, becoming the first rail system in the U.S. to offer a full service, touch-free payment option at every single stop.

Metro has restored most rail and bus service to pre-covid levels across the region in the largest – and likely most complex – service change in the system's 44-year history. Metro is expanding late-night service and restoring more routes to support the DC region’s reopening and recovery. Face masks are required. For more information, visit


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