Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced the creation of the 'Reopen DC Advisory Group' this morning.
The group, consisting of government and community leaders, will form recommendations for reopening the District of Columbia.
It will have 12 committees focusing on different areas, and will be led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School. Recommendations from the group are expected in May.
Bowser emphasized that the advisory group will tackle what she called "longstanding...racial inequities" in the district when planning for reopening.
She said that this is a “once in a generation opportunity to reopen our city in a way that builds a more equitable DC.”
The current stay-at-home order in Washington is in place until May 15. Bowser reiterated that before phase one of the reopening can begin, a downward trend of positive coronavirus cases must occur over two weeks.
Additionally, hospitals must have the capacity to treat everyone and there needs to be a widespread contact tracing capacity.
By the numbers: As of Thursday morning, there have been 155 new positive coronavirus cases in Washington, DC, bringing the total number of positive cases to 3,361. There were 12 additional deaths, bringing the total to 139.