Several new restrictions will take effect Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 5pm. Indoor dining at restaurants will be suspended, with outdoor remaining at 50 percent capacity and food service establishments will still able to offer takeout. Additionally, indoor capacity at retail stores, gyms, and the National Harbor casino will be reduced to 25 percent. Restrictions will stay in place for four weeks, ending on January 16.
The county is experiencing a test positivity rate higher than 10 percent, the highest since June. At the same time fewer hospital beds are available. The County’s Health Officer, Dr. Ernest Carter, says that hospitalization numbers are not at the same levels seen in the spring as younger people represent a higher number of cases.
From coverage in WTOP:
“The numbers that we are seeing tell us that we are headed in the wrong direction, and that we need to take swift and quick action right now to make sure that we are working to contain this virus in our community,” Alsobrooks said.