Coronavirus in DC, Maryland, Virginia: What to Know on Nov. 26

It’s Thanksgiving Day and families around the U.S. are gathering around the table in smaller numbers or hopping onto Zoom or Facetime to connect virtually.

Here in the D.C. area, new restrictions which took effect Wednesday are limiting how many people are legally allowed to gather together for the festivities.

D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George’s County all have a 10-person limit on private indoor gatherings in place.

In Maryland and Virginia, indoor social gatherings aren’t allowed to be larger than 25 people.

If you plan to attend a gathering on Thanksgiving, you can use the tool below to get an idea of how much risk you face, according to the size of the event you attend.

Currently, in a gathering of 10 people in D.C., there is an 11% chance that someone attending is positive for COVID-19. In Montgomery and Prince George’s the odds are up to 12% and 16%, respectively.

More than 4,500 people in D.C., Maryland and Virginia have been diagnosed with coronavirus Thursday and 48 lives have been lost.

The data on Thursday presents a mixed bag of trends – some hopeful, others worrying.

On the one hand, hospitalizations have hit an all-time high in Virginia. On the other hand, D.C. and Maryland’s rolling average of new cases indicate that the spread of the virus may be decelerating, stirring hope that the spike in our region is starting to dampen.

As of Wednesday, the District has barred outdoor gatherings up to 25 people and added other restrictions:

  • Restaurants may stay open until midnight, but alcohol sales and consumption must end at 10 p.m.
  • The number of people inside houses of worship has been reduced from 100 to 50 people, or down from 50% to 25% capacity, depending on which number is smaller.
  • All indoor group exercise classes and all outdoor group classes with 25 or more people must be suspended. Individuals can still go workout solo in gyms.
  • The live entertainment pilot is suspended.

One exercise facility owner is fighting back against the Mayor’s orders calling them “unfair.”

Anne Mahlum, the founder and CEO of SolidCore, sent a letter to clients saying the D.C. locations will remain open despite the city’s new COVID-19 restrictions suspending all indoor group workout classes.

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