Reopening to tourists: DC’s advantages and disadvantages

The nation’s capital remains under a stay-at-home order, but at some point restrictions will be eased and tourists will begin to come into the city once again.

The struggle for the local and federal government, as well as businesses, will be how to make sure things like social distancing can remain in place.

“We’re going to have to do business differently, that includes tourists,” said Dr. Michael Parkinson of P3 Health.

Parkinson serves on an advisory panel for the U.S. Travel Association, which has developed new guidelines for the travel industry in what is dubbed “Travel in the ‘new normal.’

Parkinson said D.C. is a unique case because while it has the elements of a big city, its design also creates some advantages when officials try to figure out how to maintain physical distancing.

D.C.’s busy streets and public transit are among its disadvantages.
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