Major Bowser has ordered the closure of streets around the National Mall to prevent further transmission of coronavirus.
Last night Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she would be ordering the closure of major roads and pedestrian ways around the National Mall, effective immediately.
MPD announces multiple street closures that will take place tomorrow, March 22, from 7 am to 8 pm. Please see all closures below.
— DC Police Department (@DCPoliceDept) March 22, 2020
The Mayor explained she would be closing the area encompassed by 14th Street to 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue, SW, in order to further ensure social distancing and prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
The closures will prevent pedestrians, cyclists and any other kind of traffic from accessing the area from 7 am-8 pm and will be enforced by the National Guard and the Metropolitan Police Department. The restricted locations include:
- The Memorial Bridge
- Lincoln Memorial Circle
- Potomac River Freeway (all exits to Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue)
- Rock Creek Parkway/Potomac Parkway Drive between Virginia Avenue and Independence Avenue, SW (to include Ohio Drive, SW)
- Independence Avenue between Ohio Drive and 14th Street, SW
- 23rd Street between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle
- Henry Bacon Drive between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle
- 17th Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
- 15th Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
- Maine Avenue between Independence and 12th Street, SW
- All vehicular exits to East Potomac Park and West Potomac Park
Mayor Bowser stated that the Tidal Basin area will remain closed “until further notice to ensure social distancing and prevent further community transmission of COVID-19.”
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