Live updates: D.C. mayor extends widespread shutdown through June 8; region adds 103 coronavirus deaths
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D) on Wednesday extended the city’s stay-at-home order, ban on mass gatherings and closure of nonessential businesses through June 8, saying infections have not declined enough to start reopening the nation’s capital.
The social distancing measures were set to expire Friday. Coronavirus has infected more than 6,500 in the District and killed 350.
New cases have started to decline over the past several days, but officials want to see a sustained decrease over two weeks before starting to reopen.
The District has met other internal benchmarks to reopen, including hospitals running below 80 percent capacity and the ability to test high-risk groups including close contacts of the newly infected. The city is working to grow its contact tracing force to 200 by…