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Take a Walk on the Wild Side

July 22, 2020

National Zoo reopens Friday, July 24, 2020.

Several changes at the Zoo have been made due to COVID-19. 


The number of visitors will be limited, and they’ve implemented new safety protocols, procedures and guidelines to provide a safe and great experience for our visitors, staff and animals. 


Please review the important information below as you plan your visit. Have fun and enjoy the beautiful park!


Hours: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm. (last admittance 3:00 pm)


Entry Passes Required.


Face Coverings Required Ages 6+ (recommended ages 2-6)


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Ice Cream Anyone? DC Enters Phase Two

June 24, 2020

As we begin to venture out during Phase Two, please remember to wear a mask and keep a safe distance. Local restaurants and shops are opening their doors to welcome us back. Please support your favorite businesses now! 

Here's the latest on what to expect: 

  • Restaurants, non-essential retail and beverage establishments can open indoors at 50% capacity. Indoor dining must have tables six feet apart, with no more than 6 people to a table.
  • Gyms, yoga studios and dance classes can reopen with restrictions like having only 5 people allowed per 1,000 sq. feet and an emphasis on smaller group classes.
  • Movie theaters, entertainment venues are to remain closed.  Certain programs and events could reopen if the venue applies and is approved for a waiver. Live music would also need to be approved by a waiver.
  • Houses of worship, churches can resume at maximum 50% capacity, with choirs discouraged. 
  • Libraries can reopen at 50 percent capacity.
  • Pools: D.C. public pools will reopen for structured activities like lessons, lap swimming. The pools will not be reopened for recreational use beyond those structured activities until "likely mid-July."
  • Playgrounds can reopen.
  • Parks and fields may reopen for activities
  • Nail salons, tanning and waxing: Open by appointment only with stations at least six feet apart
  • Colleges and universities in D.C. can begin reopening, as long as they have submitted their reopening plan to D.C. Council.
  • Camps can reopen as long as there are no more than 10 people to a cohort.
  • DMV services: esidents will be able to enter the DMV to conduct driver's licenses services, vehicle registrations, and knowledge tests by appointment only.  All documents that expire on or after March 1 are still valid until mid-September, so there is no need to rush to the DMV, Bowser said. To set up an appointment, click here.

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Shakespeare Theatre Hosts Mock Trial June 22

June 11, 2020

Court is now in session. The Shakespeare Theatre Company presents a virtual mock trial on June 22, 2020.


Hear an appellate argument before a panel of judges, based on a legal issue arising out of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Heralded as “The funniest, most entertaining event in Washington,” by Roll Call magazine, the Mock Trial series features prominent law professionals as they explore the connection between classical theatre and modern-day law. Past participants include justices and judges from the United States Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom, and the United States Court of Appeals to name a few.


Judges and advocates will be connected remotely via video while remaining safely in their chambers, homes, and offices.

Conceived in 1994, the Mock Trial Series explores the connection of classical theatre and modern-day law. 


Tickets to the event have been known to sell out in minutes due to the prominent law professionals it hosts, such as U.S. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer, Samuel Anthony Alito, Jr., Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, and the Honourable Suzanne Côté from the Supreme Court of Canada, as well as Chief Judge Merrick B. Garland, Judge David S. Tatel, Judge Thomas B. Griffith, Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, Judge Patricia A. Millett, Judge Cornelia T.L. Pillard, Judge Robert L. Wilkins and Judge Douglas H. Ginsburg of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


Tickets are $50. Free for students. Purchase here

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