An annual tradition for both Washingtonians and tourists are to see the cherry blossoms bloom every Spring.
But the threat of spreading coronavirus has prompted the city’s public transit system to take additional steps to its already altered scheduled to discourage people from using the public transportation system to go see them during peak bloom.
Trains will be running on a 30-minute operating schedule, and buses will operate on a Sunday schedule, system officials announced in a Friday statement.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority also reminded riders two of its stations — Smithsonian and Arlington Cemetery — close to the Tidal Basin where much of the cherry blossoms bloom will remain closed.
Of course, people continue to show up and look at the bloom, including somebody who broke one of the fragile trees, according to the National Park Service.
Organizers of the National Cherry Blossom Festival had already announced last week it would be canceling its annual event due to the coronavirus outbreak.
For people who are stuck in the nation’s capital or otherwise can’t get to DC, the National Mall has a webcam to view the cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin.