Mayor Bowser issued a new order requiring masks indoors beginning Saturday, July 31 at 5 am, regardless of vaccination status. The requirement will apply to everyone over the age of 2.
Businesses may establish rules that are stricter than the requirements in the Order, relating both to mask wearing outdoors and showing proof of vaccination in order to enter their facilities.
For restaurants, the Order means indoor diners will once again need to wear a mask when they aren’t actively eating or drinking. ABRA provided additional insight, clarifying that any outdoor space – including an ‘interior’ rooftop deck, so long as it is not enclosed – is considered a non-indoor space and is not subject to the mask mandate.
Business Operations & Best Practice Recommendations
Businesses are no longer required to implement social distancing and capacity restrictions to reduce the spread of COVID-19. While availability of an effective COVID-19 vaccine has allowed businesses to fully re-open, COVID-19 still presents a risk to the health of our community – particularly with the spread of the Delta variant. Businesses in the District of Columbia are recommended to continue to take precautions to keep people safe as vaccination rates increase, recognizing that some may not be feasible in all settings.
This document issued by the Mayor’s Office replaces all previous sector-specific guidance (e.g., restaurants, hotels, personal services, etc) and describes best practices that all businesses and community facilities can follow to help reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission among workers, patrons, and the community. All business should review this guidance thoroughly and share with employees. Topics covered include:
Fundamentals of safe operation
Communication / operations
Ventilation and building considerations
Cleaning and disinfecting
*This guidance is not intended for use in healthcare settings, educational settings, childcare, or summer camp settings. It is also not intended for non-healthcare congregate settings such as correctional facilities or homeless shelters. These settings have their own specific guidance to follow. For additional information on those sectors – as well as travel guidance – visit coronavirus.dc.gov/phasetwo.
In addition to DC’s business operations and best practices recommendations, the CDC has a thorough library of resources and guidance for workplaces and businesses. This includes employer information for office buildings, and a resuming business toolkit.
The Mayor’s office purchased a large quantity of masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies to help businesses reopening in Summer 2020. We still have additional PPE packages remaining. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a package.
There are two types of masks the Georgetown BID is distributing – one of which requires some quick assembly. Those single-use masks were made by Under Armour specifically for our region and Johns Hopkins. They are a woven material typically used as the filter inside their sneakers, and have better filtration.
Click here for a video explaining the mask assembly.
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