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Nation's capital set to begin a gradual reopening on Friday

Muriel Bowser
Posted at 2:52 PM, May 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-27 14:52:35-04

WASHINGTON -- Mayor Muriel Bowser says the nation’s capital will begin a gradual reopening Friday, even as she warns it probably will result in more coronavirus infections.

Restaurants will be permitted to seat guests outdoors. Barbers and hair salons will open. But nail parlors and public playgrounds will remain closed.

Nonessential businesses will be allowed to offer curbside or front-door pickup services.

Gatherings of up to 10 people will be permitted. And the major says the public health emergency she declared in March will remain in place.

Washington, D.C., working closely with neighboring counties in Maryland and Virginia, has pursued a more conservative timeline than much of the rest of the nation.