NBC Washington is reporting that anyone entering D.C. from certain coronavirus “hot spots” following nonessential trips must self-quarantine for two weeks.
Fox News reports that the order, which began Monday, does not include Maryland or Virginia. Every two weeks the city will publish an updated list of high-risk areas on its official coronavirus website, Mayor Muriel Bowser said during a press conference. The list of high-risk areas is expected to go up Monday.
The website states that “Beginning today, Monday, July 27, anyone coming into Washington, DC from a high-risk state (within the prior 14 days) who was traveling for non-essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days from their arrival in the District.”
The site goes on to say, “Individuals traveling from high-risk states after essential travel or arriving in the District for essential travel are required to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 for 14 days and, if they show signs or experience symptoms of COVID-19, they are to self-quarantine and seek medical advice or testing.”
High-risk states that require 14 days of self-quarantine:
The D.C. coronavirus site says it will update the list again on August 10. Fines were mentioned for at least $1000 for those in non-compliance.
Is This Really Enforceable?
No. Well, maybe if you happen to be Glenda The Good Witch. And of course the Mayor’s office realizes this.
Then What’s The Point Of Putting Out This List?
Because someone needs to keep the ball rolling during the election year and provide awareness for something that’s clearly out of control. Plus, there’s no better way to do that than to put out a useless list telling everyone else what to do, especially when your own district/connecting state is immune from having to do the same thing. That’s the point.
Who is Muriel Bowser?
On November 6, 2018, Muriel Bowser became the first woman ever re-elected as the Mayor of Washington, DC and the first mayor to earn a second term in 16 years.
According to the Mayor’s website, “Her administration is focused on making DC’s prosperity more inclusive, advancing DC values, and building safer, stronger, and healthier neighborhoods across DC’s eight wards.”
WUSA9 has a video about the quarantine, embedded below.
Bowser said the measures are necessary to prevent more D.C. residents from contracting the virus and dying. Additional restrictions may be necessary, depending on how the virus spreads and what the data shows.
Fox News mentions that ‘the city concluded this week it has seen an increase in community spread of the virus since entering Phase 2 of its reopening plan in late June. On Friday D.C. announced 78 new cases and no deaths, bringing the seven-day average to 76 cases per day, the highest since early June.’