The prospect of discounted taco kits and to-go margaritas was all it took for D.C.’s privileged class to throw social distancing precautions to the wind and raise a collective middle finger to the emergency measures put in place to protect them from contracting the novel coronavirus.
Pictures shared on social media last night showed crowds of masked revelers smushing together at Mexican and Tex-Mex standbys such as Cactus Cantina in Cathedral Heights, Mezcalero north of Columbia Heights, Tico on 14th Street, Lauriol Plaza in Dupont, and Guapo’s in Shirlington, all to celebrate the fateful confluence of Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday. We shall heretofore call it the Guacamole Solstice, or perhaps just the “Karen-ing.”
A sunny Saturday may have foreshadowed this when crowds packed the National Mall and even briefly, illegally drank jarred and pouched cocktails on the patio of a 14th Street NW bar.
Washingtonian food editor Jessica Sidman solicited and collected many of the following tweets from Tuesday night, some of which are shared here along with some other posts containing choice commentary:
Within 2 weeks DC Covid-19 cases will spike. Cinco de Mayo Taco Tuesday will be to blame. Amazing to drive through the city and see how packed places are. #dumb— DC Reynolds (@DCReynoldsBar) May 5, 2020
Cinco de Mayo credit card receipts set to become the hottest new trend in contact tracing.— Fritz Hahn (@fritzhahn) May 6, 2020
Seriously for a damn margarita. I HATE THE CITY.— zoOMa HumXn (@FalconGrrrl) May 6, 2020
Lauriel Plaza has lines a block long in both directions. 3 police vehicles to manage the crowd. pic.twitter.com/i0quRwcQVh— camilo arbelaez (@camiloarbelaez) May 6, 2020
Cinco de Mayo in front of the Cactus Cantina, really need to provide more order and space for people to pick up their food immediately pic.twitter.com/D37uWKU8aY— Ryan Keefe (@weeseandbeyond) May 5, 2020
Buena Vida in Silver Spring around 7:10pm this eve. Social distancing seemed a bit better than photo shows. (I got some delicious Burmese at Mandalay...because really, one does not need to wait for tacos on a random day of the year ) pic.twitter.com/flyU3uvp7b— Joy Sims (@JoySims) May 6, 2020
the current situation at Surfside in Dupont pic.twitter.com/FKxRa0dNqj— Mary Tablante (@marytablante) May 6, 2020