UPDATE: Maryland has since closed restaurants besides takeout. I assume the whole area will be like this soon.
The original post is below.
The NBA is currently under hiatus due to the coronavirus. The positive diagnosis Rudy Gobert had not too long ago has triggered suspensions throughout sports both here in the United States and worldwide.
Thankfully, no Wizards players or staff members have been reported with the coronavirus. However, that leaves players with more spare time on their hands. And probably yourselves.
It’s not like you can just go to the restaurant or the bar to hang out. We don’t have too many cases yet, but
At least here in the Washington area, there are limitations on the number of people who can go to a restaurant to chat or the bar for a beer.
- In D.C. proper, you cannot eat or drink at a bar area. Restaurants cannot seat more than 250 people, groups must be limited to six and tables must be six or more feet away from each other. Nightclubs are also closed. That said, some have already decided to do it. Washington area restauranteur and Wizards celebrity fan José Andres announced that all of the restaurants he owns will be closed, though some will turn into community kitchens to serve those in need.
People of America...Important News: All my restaurants in DC area are closed until further notice. Here at @ThinkFoodGroup safety of employees & guests is too priority. Some restaurants will transform into Community Kitchens to offer to-go lunches for those who need a meal. (1/4) pic.twitter.com/3HTyT607ZI— José Andrés (@chefjoseandres) March 15, 2020
- In Maryland, there are no restaurant restrictions just year. However, all casinos like the MGM National Harbor Resort and race tracks like Pimlico and Laurel are closed after Governor Larry Hogan made a statement on Sunday. No restaurant restrictions yet, but this has happened in other states like New York, where they’ve been ordered to be takeout shops only. Same thing in Illinois, where restrictions start after Monday. Don’t be surprised to see this in Washington relatively soon.
- And in Virginia, Governor Ralph Northam ordered that all public gatherings of over 100 people be banned. So far, no restaurant restrictions, like Maryland just yet, but be on the lookout.
If there is something I plan to do during the next several weeks as long as this NBA hiatus last, I plan to spend more time with my family, including my mother and sister. Often times, we don’t spend enough quality time together as I’ve grown, and this will be a chance for us to do more things like that. Things like having family dinners, watching TV shows together. I think that is one silver lining behind all of this.
Besides that, I certainly want to rest a bit.
How do you plan to spend the next few weeks, besides working from home? Let us know in the comments below.