What’s Open and Reopening in Washington, DC?

Washington DC, TK Tours Inc

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

Current Reopening Status

The city is currently in Phase Two of recovery through May 20, which allows many businesses and attractions to operate. Mayor Muriel Bowser recently announced updates to the city’s status that will go into effect on May 21 and culminate with a full reopening of DC starting June 11

The coronavirus pandemic has affected events, attractions and other businesses throughout the Washington, DC area.  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.

DC needs everyone in our community to pre-register for a vaccination appointment by going to vaccinate.dc.gov or calling 1-855-363-0333. Already vaccinated or pre-registered? Reach out to friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors and help them pre-register. Together, we can save lives and end this pandemic.

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 from domestic locations may visit Washington, DC without a COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated travelers from high-risk areas visiting for more than 24 hours are required to have a negative COVID-19 test before traveling. Private institutions and local government officials may ask for proof of a negative test. It is recommended to travel with your vaccination card with you in case documentation is required. Read more up-to-date information about traveling to the city to ensure the health and safety of visitors.

Please note that the National Park Service has implemented a mask requirement across all parks and federal buildings. Masks are also required on NPS-managed lands when physical distancing cannot be maintained, including narrow or busy trails, overlooks and historic homes. Additional public health measures are in place across the service, from capacity limits to one-way trails, or even temporary closures in response to local conditions. Visitors should check individual park websites and social media channels for details on operations before they visit. Park rangers are on duty to provide information, protect visitors and park resources, and uphold this requirement. Other tips to recreate responsibly are available on NPS.gov.

Looking for upcoming events? The nation’s capital remains open for gatherings and events with some capacity restrictions through Phase Two of reopening. Starting on June 11, the city will fully reopen offering countless things to see and do this summer, from July 4 fireworks to outdoor movie screenings to Labor Day weekend festivities. Check out the latest events and festivals on weekdaysweekends and this month.

Updated May 13, 2021

What’s Open


Through May 20, museums, galleries and exhibits are able to operate indoors and outdoors at 50% capacity. Capacity limits will be removed starting on May 21.

What’s Open Right Now

What’s Reopening Soon


Service is open for indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, outdoor dining and carryout and delivery at restaurants through June 10. Starting June 11, capacity restrictions will be 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 may open with a 50-person capacity or at 50 percent capacity through May 21. 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.

Theaters/Cinemas/Concert Venues/Entertainment Centers

From May 21-June 11, waivers are necessary for nightclubs and entertainment venues. Starting June 11, capacity restrictions will be listed 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.


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 through May 20. Capacity restrictions will be lifted starting May 21. 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. 


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 wmata.com

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