Washington mayor says visitors coming from coronavirus hot spots must quarantine for 14 days

 Visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC watch orangutans cross overhead on July 24, 2020.
Visitors to the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, DC watch orangutans cross overhead on July 24, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser on Friday (July 24) said anyone coming into the District of Columbia from a coronavirus hot spot who was not travelling for essential activities will be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.

The order, which goes into effect on Monday, excludes neighbouring Maryland and Virginia, Bowser said on Twitter.

The nation's capital has seen a spike in coronavirus infections as it moves towards reopening its economy.

Bowser, a Democrat, issued an order on Wednesday requiring residents to wear a mask when they leave home.