Washington DC is Back! Here’s What is Open (and Coming Soon)

The good news is that the Nation’s Capital is ready to welcome you back. Many of the attractions, restaurants and hotels will be open at limited capacity with some restrictions remaining in place. But every week there are new things available. But hey, we are excited! Here’s what to know, courtesy of Destination DC.


What Museums are Open Right Now

The Phillips Collection Celebrates its Centennial!

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. 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 and 5,000 at Audi Field.

Audi Field will be open for DC United Soccer


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.

The Dwight D Eisenhower Memorial is open and a lovely place for contemplation, especially at night when the lights are turned on.

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.

The Line Hotel in Adams Morgan is open!


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

Check out my book Unofficial Guide to Washington DC for insider info on all DC Attractions, Museums, Restaurants and Recreation.


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