WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) - Add D.C.'s own Chef Jose Andres to the list of celebrities telling you to stay home during the coronavirus pandemic.
He urged Washingtonians on Twitter to specifically avoid the National Mall's cherry blossoms, which are in peak bloom.
He delivered the message while making pancakes for his daughter, who's turning 16 years old.
Many people aren't following Andres' advice.
Officials closed parking by the Tidal Basin after reporting huge crowds near the cherry blossoms. They also removed a tree that snapped in half after someone tried to climb it.
Andres closed all of his D.C.-area restaurants last weekend in an effort to curb the spread of coronavirus, acting before District officials moved to shut down all bars and restaurants.
The chef - well known for his philanthropy - repurposed five of those restaurants to serve as community kitchens during the crisis.