From the Metropolitan Police Department:
“As the Memorial Day weekend approaches, we wanted to take a moment to encourage everyone to stay safe and healthy during this unique period in our history. Many of the food and restaurant venues in the First District will be open for take-out service and we hope our small businesses receive your support. However, remember that the Mayor’s Stay-at-Home Order is still in place. Last weekend we saw some unacceptable gatherings and crowds outside some venues, in some parks, and in some neighborhoods. If not engaged in essential activities, everyone is still required to remain at home. That means returning home after picking up food and not lingering in public areas, even if the weather is nice. When you are engaged in essential activity, when in public or common areas, remember to practice social distancing and to wear a mask.
The Mayor’s Order specifies that residents may only leave their residences to:
· engage in essential activities, including obtaining medical care that cannot be provided through telehealth and obtaining food and essential household goods;
· perform or access essential governmental functions;
· work at essential businesses;
· engage in essential travel; or
· engage in allowable recreational activities, as defined by the Mayor’s Order.
Any individual who willfully violates the stay-at-home order may be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, subject to a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.
Ed. Note: The June 8th order could change in part to May 29 but we’ll update when that is officially announced.