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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.

The DC government currently requires visitors to test negative for COVID-19 within 72 hours of traveling (and to show results if asked by a business, hotel or restaurant); to avoid visiting if you are a close contact of a confirmed positive case; and to get tested within 3-5 days of arrival if you are visiting for more than three days. The city already requires individuals 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 Jan. 4, 2021

What's Open/Reopening During Phase Two

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According to new guidance by the DC government, museums in DC will be suspended starting Dec. 23 and running through Jan. 15, 2021. Many of the museums that have previously reopened are already suspended, including eight Smithsonian museums, the National Gallery of Art and the Holocaust Museum, which have temporarily closed. The Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Sculpture Garden and Enid A. Haupt Garden remain open. Outdoor spaces for museums may allow greater access. 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

  • The Hirshhorn has reopened its sculpture garden from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily with two new sculptures. Make sure to review all safety protocols for visiting the garden. All Smithsonian Gardens will be closed on Dec. 25 and Jan. 20.
  • Dumbarton House's grounds are open every day from dawn to dusk for free. The museum is open Fridays-Sundays at limited capacity for self-guided tours. Guests must reserve timed tickets in advance and follow the museum’s updated safety procedures.
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon is open daily 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. 
  • 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. All tours will be suspended on Christmas Day and New Year's Day.
  • ARTECHOUSE is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Make sure to read the museum's safety protocols before planning a trip.
  • O Museum in The Mansion is open for lodging, outdoor dining and shopping; the garden is open for reservations as well.
  • Lincoln's Cottage has reopened for exterior-only tours on Fridays through Mondays. Advance tickets are required.

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Service is open for outdoor dining and carryout and delivery at restaurants, indoor dining will be suspended starting Dec. 23Read more about the requirements for restaurants and check the status on outdoor dining options including beer gardenspatios and rooftop restaurants, as well as popular takeout and delivery options.

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Dog parks, golf courses, parks, tennis courts, tracks and fields opened in Phase One. Capacity for public gatherings is at 50 people since the beginning of Phase Two reopening. 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.

  • The Hirshhorn has reopened its sculpture garden from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily with two new sculptures. Make sure to review all safety protocols for visiting the garden.
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has canceled all performances. The outdoor campus at THE REACH is accessible, including pop-up wine garden and cafe Victura Park, which will take a short break from Dec. 25 through Jan. 9, 2021.
  • Kenilworth Park & Aquatic Gardens is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., with limited number of visitors, required social distancing and face coverings suggested. Onsite buildings and bathroom are closed. Learn more.
  • National Museum of the Marine Corps remains closed, but its museum grounds, including Semper Fidelis Memorial Park and the playground, are open with safety measures. Learn more.
  • The Smithsonian's Enid A. Haupt Garden and Hirshhorn sculpture garden are open from 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily with safety protocols in place. Learn more. Smithsonian Gardens will be closed on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, and Inauguration Day, Jan. 20, 2021.
  • U.S. National Arboretum has reopened from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Learn more
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon is open from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Read about the estate's safety protocols.
  • The Fields at RFK Campus are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends. Access includes the playground, fitness area and tables, but note occupancy is limited, visitors are asked to sanitize hands upon entry of the playground and all organized activities require a permit. Learn more.

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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.

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Nonessential retail businesses are limited to 25 percent capacity as specified on their Certificate of Occupancy or 250 people including staff, whichever is fewer. Phase Two allows for personal services to open including hair and nail salons, massage and spas by appointment only and with strong safeguards and physical distancing in place. Many Made in DC 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. 

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The DC Circulator's National Mall route has been temporarily suspended, other routes will operate as normal. 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. To support the effort, thousands of frontline Metro employees transitioned to new work schedules as the region continued its gradual recovery and attracted more customers.

Metrorail service changes took effect Sunday, August 16, including the restoration of Silver Line service for the first time since Memorial Day. Six Fairfax County stations reopened following planned summer work, resulting in 87 of 91 Metrorail stations open for customers. Wait times are reduced dramatically, with trains running every 8 minutes on each line during rush hours, and every 12 minutes on the Red Line and 15 minutes the Orange, Blue, Silver, Green, and Yellow Lines during off-peak times. Trains are arriving more frequently at stations served by more than one line.

On Sunday, August 23, new Metrobus schedules took effect across the region, including the restoration of bus service on routes that have not had service in months, adding significantly more frequent service on almost every line.

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What's Closed

Canceled/Postponed Events & Festivals