DC is currently in Phase Two of its reopening, with additional restrictions in place December 23 – January 15.. The public health emergency is still in effect and gatherings of more than 10 indoors and 25 outdoors (excluding Houses of Worship) are prohibited. Phase Two guidelines have been issued at coronavirus.dc.gov/phasetwo for each business type and 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 four-stage reopening approach is recommended, with Phase Four to come once a vaccine is widely available and administered. For details on each of the four suggested phases of reopening, see pgs. 18-20 of the ReOpen DC recommendations document.
For universal safeguards for individuals, employers and venues to adopt across the first three phases of reopening, see page 16 of ReOpen DC Recommendations.
Phase Two Guidelines
Additional restrictions regarding Phase Two of DC’s reopening are in effect from 10 pm on December 23, 2020 through 5 am on January 15, 2021. Under Phase Two, mass gatherings of more than 50 people are still prohibited. Below are other key highlights for each business sector, with the complete Mayor’s order available here.
Group indoor exercise classes suspended; outdoor workout classes limited to 25 people
Individual workouts are still allowed
Houses of Worship
Houses of worship are encouraged to continue providing virtual services.
Indoor capacity limits of no more than 250 persons or 25% of capacity, whichever is less
Encouraged not to have choirs or singing and to not pass around or share items
Cultural & Educational Opportunities
Indoor library services are closed; pick-up and drop-off only
Museums are closed; staff and contractors may enter for the purposes of minimum business operations
Theaters, Cinema, and Entertainment Venues
Theaters, cinemas, and entertainment venues are closed.
Reimagining Outdoor Space
Sidewalk space, alleys, parking lanes and travel lanes can be converted into parklets, outdoor dining seating, Streateries, dining plazas and curbside pickup and delivery. Visit our Streatery Guidance page to learn more.
Mayor Bowser signed a mandatory mask order enforcing that (with a few exceptions) DC residents and visitors must wear masks at all times in public – including when they exit their homes, enter restaurants and businesses, or are in an open office space. This means – aside from the exceptions noted in the order – you must wear a mask inside of your business, even if there are no customers inside at that time.
Businesses, office buildings, and other establishments open to members of the public are also required to post signage on their exterior doors stating that a person may not enter unless the person is wearing a mask – and should exclude or attempt to eject anyone not wearing a mask, or who removed their required mask.
Printable BID Signs
The Georgetown BID has face mask signage posted throughout Georgetown, which businesses may also use within their stores if they’d like. Click here for printable signs in 8.5″x14″; here for 8.5″x11″; and here for 11″x17″.
We have also placed 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.
For all-encompassing signs that incorporate both face mask and social distancing language, businesses are welcome to print the below signs for their front windows or doors. 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.
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.
Additional Recommendations By Business Sector
Please read the additional recommendation summaries, as applicable to your business or line of work: