It’s cherry blossom season in Washington, DC. Here’s how to view them safely.
While tourists typically flock to Washington, DC for the National Cherry Blossom Festival, it’s going to be a little different this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic, especially as the CDC continues to call for a pause in travel.
To keep DC residents safe, events are happening virtually or on a limited and socially distanced in-person basis throughout the city, while traffic—pedestrian and otherwise—near the Tidal Basin, East Potomac Park and West Potomac Park is being limited now through April 12. Peak bloom is predicted to happen April 2 and 5 and those wishing to visit in person are encouraged to check the National Park Service’s website and social media accounts for updates in case more closures need to be made.
In 2020, National Cherry Blossom Festival activities abruptly ended in March, and despite pleas from government officials to stay home or out of the city as the pandemic kicked off, people still came. Eventually, both police and the National Guard were called in to block off the Tidal Basin.
The National Park Service website currently states, “The public is encouraged to virtually experience the cherry blossoms this year to help avoid crowding at the Tidal Basin and prevent the spread of Covid-19…