Coronavirus in US: Washington, D.C., orders all non-essential businesses to close

A Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Police vehicle is parked on the other side of a tape police line along the Tidal Basin as cherry blossoms cover the trees, in Washington, March 23, 2020.

Washington D.C.'s municipal government ordered all non-essential businesses in the US capital to close for a month starting on Wednesday night due to the coronavirus outbreak.

"This Mayor's Order requires temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses and prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people," Mayor Muriel Bowser's office said in a statement.

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