After the Nationals played an abbreviated baseball season without supporters in the stands last year, Washington’s team planned welcome back up to 5,000 fans for an Opening Day game against the New York Mets on Thursday, April 1. Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo announced late Wednesday night that a player had tested positive for COVID-19, leading four teammates and another team employee to quarantine. By Thursday morning, reports indicated that MLB was postponing the nationally televised season opener and Friday’s game.
Bars and restaurants across the District planned to commemorate the start of baseball season with food and drink specials, and many will air games on outdoor TVs. Turn to these restaurants and bars throughout MLB and NBA seasons — and for the Final Four in NCAA women’s basketball (April 2) and men’s basketball (April 3).
D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity, and alcohol consumption is allowed until midnight. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More