Reality check: DC’s COVID-19 rise prompts closures through mid-January – USA TODAY

2January 2021

The claim: Washington, D.C.,

Mayor Muriel Bowser shut down indoor dining to avoid Trump supporters from protesting on Jan. 6 On Jan. 6, the day Congress is set to assemble to certify the Electoral College votes and strengthen President-elect Joe Biden's triumph, protests in Washington, D.C., have been prepared in support of President Donald Trump's efforts to overturn the election results. A social media post declares D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser closed down indoor dining to prevent the pro-Trump protests from taking place.”The Mayor of D.C.has actually closed down indoor dining to avoid Trump fans from beginning January 6th to D.C. but that will not stop us! People are

arranging food trucks.”checks out a tweet from Anna Khait, a former candidate on the truth TELEVISION program”Survivor “who has written for

conservative site Epoch Times, published to Facebook on Dec. 30. A comparable version of the post claims Bowser ordered”all hotels restaurants, supermarket, filling station, and convenience stores to close jan 4th, 5th and 6th to Discourage TRUMP supporters from gathering in D.C.”The post goes on to encourage protesters to bring” EXTRA food, water, blankets, supplies and have a plan where to sleep.”U.S.A. TODAY connected to the users and Khait for comment. Reality check: Photo portrays 2018 March for Our Lives event, not post-Election Day pro-Trump march Order released to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 Bowser released an executive order on Dec. 18, closing indoor dining, museums and libraries from Dec. 23 up until Jan. 15 due to heightened COVID-19 concerns.”District residents are highly encouraged to limit their activities to vital activities and travel, including work, school

, child care, government services, medical requirements, food, supplies, and workout,”the order checks out. The order entered into impact in an effort to suppress the spread of COVID-19 while cases were surging. According to information from the D.C. Department of Health, an overall of 15 coronavirus break outs were traced back to dining establishments and bars from Aug. 1 to

Nov. 26, representing 13.8% of the overall outbreaks

that occurred. That compares to the very same variety of outbreaks linked to child care, 19 at K-12 schools and 30 at colleges and universities. D.C. has actually had more than 29,509 overall coronavirus cases and 792 deaths as of Jan. 1, according to the District's COVID-19 data

. There is no evidence that the momentary ban was issued to avoid pro-Trump fans from objecting in D.C. It is false to declare that the order is just in place from Jan. 4-7. The order also does not require the closure of hotels. However, the Hotel Harrington located near the White House did announce it will close throughout the pro-Trump demonstrations from Jan. 4-6 out of health and safety issues, USA TODAY reported. Numerous dining establishments and office complex in downtown Washington are currently boarded up ahead of the demonstrations. Further, no filling station, grocery stores or convenience stores have been bought to close under the executive order that was released on Dec. 18, as claimed in the social media post. Supermarket and corner store have actually stayed open as vital organizations throughout the pandemic but are required to impose social distancing guidelines, according to NBC Washington.

U.S.A. TODAY has actually connected to Bowser's workplace for remark. More:'Wild ‘demonstrations: Police brace for pro-Trump rallies when Congress fulfills Jan. 6 to accredit Biden's win Our ranking: False The claim that Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser bought for all hotels, dining establishments, supermarket, gasoline station and corner store to close to prevent pro-Trump demonstrations is FALSE, based upon our research study. A recent executive order closes indoor dining, libraries and museums, while hotels, corner store and supermarket are still open. The order

was issued due to the fact that COVID-19 cases were rising. The restrictions took effect in December and last through mid-January, not just on the days of the demonstrations. Our fact-check sources: Thank you for supporting our journalism. You can register for our print edition, ad-free app or electronic newspaper reproduction here. Our fact check work is supported in part by a grant from Facebook.

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