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Washington Mayor Establishes Advisory Group to Guide Post-Pandemic Reopening of US Capital

© REUTERS / Tom BrennerThe U.S. Capitol Building as seen ahead of a vote on the coronavirus (COVID-19) relief bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2020.
The U.S. Capitol Building as seen ahead of a vote on the coronavirus (COVID-19) relief bill on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., March 25, 2020.  - Sputnik International
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The capital city of the United States established a special advisory group focused on reopening the city’s economy locked by the coronavirus pandemic, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters on Thursday.

"This advisory group will have 12 committees that will guide when and how we reopen as well as how we monitor our progress", Bowser said during a press briefing.

The group comprised of government officials and community leaders will focus on public health innovations, education, retail services, supporting vulnerable population, transportation and other areas, she added.

Speaking of possible easing of limitations imposed in order to stop the spread of the coronavirus, Bowser noted that Washington authorities’ thinking "is in line with the White House guidance".

"There are a few things we need to see before lifting restrictions. First, that is to observe the consistent downward trend in new cases over a two-week period", she said.

The second condition is the ability of the local health care system to provide appropriate care for everyone who needs it, the mayor added.

As of Thursday, Washington, DC has registered 3,361 cases and 139 deaths related to the novel coronavirus disease.

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