DC Mayor Declares Coronavirus State Of Emergency

Washington DC’s WTOP News reports:

D.C. is under a state of emergency and a public health emergency, a move that comes after health officials announced a jump in the number of new coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

Concerns around the outbreak have prompted a number of major event cancellations or schedule changes, and local places of worship are also adjusting how services are held.

Speaking at a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Mayor Muriel Bowser said the emergency declaration is largely administrative and allows her to more easily request federal disaster, mandate medical quarantining and make price gouging illegal.