Under any other circumstances, a shutdown of DC would sound like a small-government advocate’s dream. In the midst of a pandemic, though, it’s a nightmare for its residents and a blow to the morale of the nation. While governors have begun unlocking their states and started the process of allowing for public economic revival, the city’s Department of Health director will not allow the capital to reopen — for at least two months, and perhaps even three:
During an hourlong virtual town hall, Dr. LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the D.C. Department of Health, walked through a slide show on what she called a “most-stringent” and “less stringent” plan.
Under the most-stringent plan, which would be a worst-case scenario, D.C. would not be able to reopen for at least another three months, Nesbitt said.
Under the least-stringent plan, which would be a best-case scenario, the city would do a phased reopening, but that also would not begin for at least two months.
Why will DC take this long to follow suit? Washington DC mayor Muriel Bowser told CNN’s John Berman on Tuesday that the city is merely following the federal guidelines set by Trump and his COVID-19 team. The city has to see a 14-day decline in cases to start Phase 1, and that hasn’t happened yet: