1. In case you missed it over the weekend… In light of Omicron and the rising rates in Covid cases everywhere, I (re)shared on social media the post about Activities Around DC During the Covid Winter. It was originally published last December, but unfortunately (and frustratingly) seems necessary to highlight once again, with all activities mentioned being outdoors. And if you have seen the post, it’s worth checking out again, as a few new ideas have been added.
2. Did you know that walk-up vaccinations are available just about everyday in DC? Several libraries and rec centers around the city are among the sites in Mayor Bower’s Take the Shot, DC program. The sites change daily, so be sure to check which are open and hours before you go. No appointment is necessary, and they offer vaccinations for ages 5+ and boosters for ages 16+.
And starting tomorrow, December 22, DC Health will launch the Test Yourself Express program. Residents will be able to pick up free at-home Covid testing kits, two per day, at eight locations around the city. (More details available tomorrow through the link.)
3. DC’s indoor mask mandate was reinstated yesterday, and masks are now required at indoor public places in the District. There currently are no statewide mandates in Virginia or Maryland (though masks are encouraged indoors), but there is one in Montgomery County. (Update: Prince George’s County has a mask mandate, too.)
4. A few “Best of” lists from someone with great taste: Books, Movies, Music. (I’ve found some of my favorites on these lists over the years!)
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