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I’m planning on coming to the District to see the cherry blossoms. Is there any impact on the festival, parade or events?
The National Cherry Blossom Festival has cancelled or postponed all of its major events. The opening ceremony at the Warner Theatre on March 21, the Blossom Kite Festival on March 28, the parade on April 4, and the outdoor Petalpalooza party on April 11 have all been cancelled. The Anacostia River Festival has been postponed until August 9, and the Sakura Matsuri street festival has been postponed until a future date.
At the moment, there are no restrictions on visiting the blossoms around the Tidal Basin, where peak bloom is expected to occur around March 22, though the Tidal Basin Welcome Area, run by the National Park Service, and the ANA Stage, where performances take place at the Tidal Basin, have been canceled.
What about the Smithsonian and other museums?
All Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo have been closed since March 14. A statement from the institution read: “Due to the rapidly changing nature of the situation, we are not announcing a reopening date at this time and will provide updates on a week-to-week basis on our websites.” All public events have been cancelled through May 3, including tours and lectures.
The National Gallery of Art, which closed March 14, tentatively plans to reopen on April 4. It had previously announced the postponement of an upcoming exhibition, “A Superb Baroque: Art in Genoa, 1600-1750,” because many works of art could not be shipped to the United States from Rome and Genoa.
Many museums and attractions have announced plans to reopen at the end of March or beginning of April, including the International Spy Museum (closed through “at least” March 27), the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum (“at least” March 29), the National Museum of Women in the Arts and Mount Vernon (both March 31), the Library of Congress and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (both April 1), and the Phillips Collection (April 3).
Arlington National Cemetery closed to the public on March 13, though funerals will continue and Family Pass holders will be admitted for visitation as usual. The National Archives and its museums and research rooms across the country have been closed “until further notice.”
The National Arboretum, which had closed its indoor facilities on March 14 while keeping outdoor areas open to the public, closed the entire facility on March 24.
What about concerts and live performances?
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has canceled or postponed all performances and public events through May 10.
I.M.P., the concert production company that operates the Anthem, the 9:30 Club and the Lincoln Theatre, has postponed all of its events at those venues, as well as 9:30 Club Presents shows at U Street Music Hall, through the end of March. U Street Music Hall is also closed until April 1.
Most major concert venues, including the Black Cat, the Hamilton and Echostage, have also closed through the end of March, due to official restrictions on the size of crowds.
Washington’s theater scene has been upended. The Shakespeare Theatre closed its productions of “The Amen Corner” and “Timon of Athens,” and suspended all public programs through April 19. Arena Stage ended its season early, suspending performances of “Celia and Fidel” and “Seven Guitars” until the 2020-21 theater season.
Ford’s Theatre suspended “Guys and Dolls” until April 6. The production runs until May 10. Studio Theatre will suspend performances of “Pass Over” starting March 17. There has not been an update on “Fun Home,” which opens May 13. The Round House Theatre’s “Cost of Living,” scheduled to run from April 1 to 19, has been postponed until September.
What other events have been canceled or postponed?
The Rock and Roll Marathon, scheduled for March 28, has been postponed until fall.
The organizers of the District’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade announced that the parade, scheduled for March 15, has been postponed and that an event will take place on “a date still to be determined.” Ditto Ireland at the Wharf, an outdoor St. Patrick’s Day celebration scheduled for the Wharf on March 14.
Organizers of the NoVa Teen Book Festival, an annual gathering for fans of young-adult fiction, canceled the festival, which was to be held on March 14 at George C. Marshall High School. It is scheduled to return in March 2021.
Has there been any impact on the restaurant scene?
On March 16, the D.C. Department of Health issued new requirements for restaurants and bars, requiring them to end all on-site dining. Many restaurants have switched to carry-out or delivery services, or decided to close for the duration of the state of emergency.
Peggy McGlone contributed to this report.