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Washington, D.C., orders all non-essential businesses in the city to close

People wear masks and stand apart from each other as they wait to enter a Trader Joe’s supermarket after California issued a stay-at-home order due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Santa Monica, California, U.S., March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington D.C.’s municipal government ordered all non-essential businesses in the U.S. capital to close for a month starting on Wednesday night due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“This Mayor’s Order requires temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses and prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people,” Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office said in a statement.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Sandra Maler