Internationally renowned Dupont Circle has re-opened and is here for your enjoyment with 300 businesses around greater Dupont Circle now that DC has entered Phase II. There are 110 restaurants, 40 retail shops, and 130 services waiting to serve visitors safely with precautions in place. And at the heart of it all is the beloved Dupont Circle park – a two acre green space with lots of grass to picnic, two concentric rings of benches to sit with friends, a perennial flower bed, and fountain (soon to be turned on).
“We are excited and welcome all back to our historic neighborhood!” said Susan Taylor, HDCMS Secretary and Promotions Committee Chair and National Public Affairs Director at the Church of Scientology’s National Affairs Office. “Our world-class park at the cross-roads of the nation’s capital is a meeting ground for the entire city: office workers, chess players, couriers, visitors, and now ducks.”
Dupont Circle has more than 110 restaurants that range from quick service to Michelin rated sit-down restaurants. Personal services such as hair salons, nail salons, barbershops, massage parlors, and yoga studios abound. Retail shops selling everything from house wares to clothing to gifts to art are dotted around P Street, Connecticut Avenue, 18th Street and 17th Street, NW for you to discover. Eight world-class museums include the Phillips Collection’s impressionism to the Heurich House Museum’s Victorian technology.
“Dupont Circle is the center of everything,” said Bill McLeod, Executive Director. “There are more than 25 embassies from around the globe, world-class think tanks, a Metro station on the Red Line, three busses that can take you to New York City, and Metro bus lines that can bring you to the north, south, east, and west of Dupont Circle. And the DC Circulator on 19th Street can take you to Rosslyn.”
Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Phase Two began on Monday, June 22, 2020, allowing restaurants to reopen at 50% capacity, shops to reopen, and services to resume under specified conditions outlined in www.coronavirus.dc.gov. The public is still advised to wear a face mask and keep six feet from individuals in public space.
The mission of Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets is to promote, coordinate, and maintain improvements of the cultural, economic, and environmental qualities of Dupont Circle to make it an exemplary place to live, work, shop, and play.