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From Audrey Fix Schaefer, Communications Director I.M.P., 9:30 Club, Lincoln Theatre, The Anthem, Merriweather Post Pavilion, via email:

“I.M.P., the 9:30 Club, The Anthem and Lincoln Theatre, along with Monumental Sports, sent Mayor Bowser this letter last Thursday, in which we offer up our facilities, people, and marketing resources to encourage everyone to get vaccinated, and offer a rational, safe approach: seeking permission to reopen two months after everyone eligible has had access to the vaccines.  We propose that the Mayor allow our venues to open at full capacity beginning July 1, 2021.

While her office has acknowledged receipt, we have not received a substantive response and so we are eager to hear her address this issue during this morning’s press conference.

Ed. Note: The Mayor’s press conference is scheduled for 11:00 AM.

The Mayor said in her April 5th presser that she would offer monthly forecasts on loosening restrictions – which translates to today – and her ReOpen DC plan indicates we should be moving to “Stage 4” for gatherings, as an effective vaccine or cure is now widely available. Council Member Kenyan McDuffie has also issued a letter calling for a clear reopening roadmap and timeline so businesses and institutions have the ability to plan accordingly.

We appreciate Mayor Bowser’s leadership in guiding the District during this pandemic. We should be leading the way with smart metrics for reopening that will protect the health and well-being of D.C. residents but also allow businesses to plan, reopen, and recover. We need businesses to reopen as soon as it is reasonably safe to do so, so that we can resurrect the super-city that was growing and flourishing prior to the pandemic — before more of the businesses that drive D.C.’s growth close their doors for good. Our proposal provides those metrics.”

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