Mayor Closes Tidal Basin

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Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) has directed the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and DC National Guard (DCNG) to close roads adjacent to the Tidal Basin. In addition, The Mayor has directed MPD and the DCNG prevent access by pedestrians and bicyclists.

Members of the public will not be able to enter the Jefferson Memorial or the National Mall in the area bounded by 14th Street to 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue to Independence Avenue, SW.

These measures are designed to ensure social distancing to prevent further community transmission of COVID-19.

In coordination with the National Park Service (NPS), MPD will close streets and bridges from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

  • The Memorial Bridge
  • Lincoln Memorial Circle
  • Potomac River Freeway (all exits to Ohio Drive and Independence Avenue)
  • Rock Creek Parkway/Potomac Parkway Drive between Virginia Avenue and Independence Avenue, SW (to include Ohio Drive, SW)
  • Independence Avenue between Ohio Drive and 14th Street, SW
  • 23rd Street between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle
  • Henry Bacon Drive between Constitution Avenue and Lincoln Memorial Circle
  • 17th Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • 15th Street between Constitution Avenue, NW and Independence Avenue, SW
  • Maine Avenue between Independence and 12th Street, SW
  • All vehicular exits to East Potomac Park and West Potomac Park