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Keep your distance. Please?

Even while parts of MD and VA begin to reopen, social distancing is still encouraged--but it is much harder to maintain six feet on a beautiful Saturday along narrow cobbled sidewalks. In Old Town Alexandria, as well as other Maryland and Virginia towns, law enforcement officials struggle to find a “delicate balance between spreading public awareness of the risks and enforcing the rules.”

 

Bowser’s budget rundown

Hearings on the mayor’s proposed $16.7 billion budget for FY 2021 will begin today. Based on CFO DeWitt’s projection that DC will take two years to recover from the pandemic, the budget relies heavily on surpluses, savings, and hiring freezes. Read up on the funding details for District education, health care, affordable housing, and public safety.

 

Curating a crisis

Though it’s tough to imagine us on the other side, historians are already keen to ensure that our pandemic curios are being preserved for posterity. Beyond simply archiving medical supplies, museums like the Smithsonian are equally interested in the more quotidian relics of our lives during Covid — goofy Zoom screenshots, grocery lists, and all the sourdough attempts that didn’t quite make it. 

 

Toys and books return under pilot program

Some non-essential businesses can now offer curbside pick-up through the Educational and Academic Retail Shops (EARS) waiver program. So far, only eight stores have been approved, including Mahogany Books, Politics and Prose, and Child’s Play Toys and Books. But your neighborhood art store, florists, or office supply shops could qualify for an EARS waiver, which are being given out on a case by case basis. 


We’re halfway...to something?

DC has made headway towards at least one key criteria for reopening, but officials have been reluctant to announce a date for the city’s return. One reason for the restraint: the fluctuating daily case tallies only measure new positives. Without more data on when people become symptomatic, we still won’t have the full picture of how the virus is spreading through the city or when it might be safe to emerge.


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Emergency & You

Will your Councilmember champion cyclists?  

WABA doesn’t make endorsements, but they sure do provide a platform for conversations about transportation policy and pedestrian safety. Let me tell ya. (7pm

 

Become a citizen scientist & protect our rivers!

Volunteer water monitoring is postponed during public health emergencies, but that doesn’t have to stop us from getting the training we need. Sign up for virtual training geared toward the river nearest you.

 

Profs and pandemics

Let Profs and Pints put the coronavirus in its proper historical context and then thoughtfully wash down all that context with a beer or two. Do it for science. (7pm)

 

Hot dog: Sandwich or not? 

Barred in DC will moderate a discussion (debate?) between Ivy & Coney (pro-sandwich) and Columbia Room (anti-sandwich), followed by an update on the state of the hospitality industry. (8:30 pm)

 

Reminders from the Weekly Scheduler:


Also || Symone Sanders

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