WASHINGTON (ABC7) — Phase Two of reopening in the District has begun as of Monday, June 22. After months of closures, several types of businesses are able to reopen.
Tanning, tattoo, waxing, threading, electrolysis, cryotherapy, facial, and nail salons are all able to operate, but several restrictions are in place:
Cosmopolitan Nail Lounge in Southeast D.C. has put several places into changes. Customers can set up appointments online and must wear a face mask during their services. Upon entry, employee and customer temperatures will be checked, and dividers have been placed at their manicure and pedicure stations to minimize exposure.
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Restaurants are able to reopen indoors at 50 percent capacity, and Walter's Sports Bar in Southeast says customers can walk up or make reservations. As a precaution, owner Jeremy Gifford says they are placing their silverware in a vacuum-sealed bag after they're washed.
Some restaurants like Mission Navy Yard are waiting a few days to reopen indoor dining. Mission is known for its large bar upstairs. During Phase Two in D.C. people can not sit at a bar if there is a bartender working there. However, they can sit at a bar where there is no bartender present and social distancing is in place. Reservations are encouraged and dining records must be saved for at least 30 days.
During Phase Two, retail stores are also able to reopen at 50 percent capacity. Steadfast Supplies in Southeast is among the stores ready to reopen on Monday. Management has implemented several changes to create a safe environment for customers and employees, including mandatory face masks. They have also placed several hand sanitizer bottles throughout their store and have masks available for anyone who doesn't have one.
"We had to pivot really quickly," owner Virginia Arrisueño said.
Days after their store was forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Arrisueño says the store implemented online shopping.
Gyms can open in Phase Two with limited access. Five people are allowed per 1,000 square feet and physical distancing needs to be in place. Showers, saunas and steam rooms need to remain closed. Locker rooms, expect in cases where locker room entry is only access to the restrooms, need to remain closed. People must wear a face covering when walking around facility or within six feet of someone. When exercising, people are encouraged to wear a face covering but it is not required.
Museums and libraries can also reopen in a limited capacity. Social distancing needs to be in place and people must wear a mask.
At museums guided tours will not be allowed. Small events are allowed for up to 50 people.