DC is currently in Phase Two of its reopening. The public health emergency is still in effect and gatherings of more than 50 are still prohibited.
Phase Two guidance, based on the ReOpen DC Recommendations, has been issued at coronavirus.dc.gov/phasetwo for each business type / sector. It is imperative that you review the guidance ASAP.
Guiding Principles: Recommendations and reopening guidance were guided by HOPE: health, opportunity, prosperity, and equity. A 4-stage reopening approach is recommended, with Stage 4 to come once a vaccine is widely available and administered.
The Georgetown BID is placing three different versions of social distancing decals throughout our public space. Businesses are welcome to use these designs (linked below) to print floor decals for inside of their business.
Additionally, we have face mask signage posted throughout Georgetown, which businesses may also use within their stores. Click here for printable signs in 8.5″x14″; here for 8.5″x11″; and here for 11″x17″.
We encourage all businesses to post the following sign in the front window or door of their business. There are two versions, depending on your business type.
Madison Avenue Inc, a signage company based in Columbia, Maryland, has a very helpful COVID Lookbook, with short-term and long-term COVID-19 and safety signage solutions. This Lookbook includes a sampling of Social Distancing, Health and Safety, Directional, and Entrance signs and products. It’s really comprehensive, and we recommend businesses review it as a way to think through their own signage and messaging needs.
PPE Reopening Care Packages
The Mayor’s office purchased a large quantity of masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies to help businesses reopening under Phase One. She asked the city’s BIDs and Main Street organizations to help distribute these supplies, which provide a one-time, limited supply of provisions to help establishments get up and running again quickly. They are not intended to meet longer-term needs. Businesses should be placing additional supply orders now to maintain safe operations in the future.
We distributed these supplies from a drive-up pick-up location in early June. We still have additional PPE packages remaining. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are reopening under Phase Two and would like a package – or reopened under Phase One and did not pick one up.
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.
ReOpen DC released two “Before You Open” checklists – one for restaurants, and one for retailers. Each is divided into operations, enforcement, and closure plan. Business owners should use these one-page checklists to assess if they are ready to open in a modified posture, while adhering to public health guidance, once they are allowed to do so.