DC is currently in Phase Two of its reopening, with additional modifications. The public health emergency is in effect through May 20, 2021, and gatherings of more than 10 indoors and 50 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.
Indoor fitness classes can include up to 25 people
Gyms and fitness centers can operate at 50% capacity (no more than 250 guests)
Public and private pools may open with health and safety plans in place; hotel pools may only open to overnight guests
Outdoor splash pads will be able to open at full capacity
Hot tubs, saunas and steam rooms must remain closed
Houses of Worship
Virtual services and outdoor services continue to be encouraged, especially for those who have not yet been fully vaccinated
Places of worship may admit up to 40% of their capacity for the room(s) or area where worship services will be held. This total limit includes worshippers, not including clergy and staff. Health and safety protocols, such as mandatory masking and social distancing, must remain in place.
Culture, Entertainment & Education
Multi-purpose facilities, concert venues, and theaters may open at 25% capacity (up to 500 people) and attendees must remain seated
Movie theaters can operate at up to 25% capacity (per auditorium)
Libraries, museums and galleries can reopen at 50%, both indoors and outdoors
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 an updated mask order on May 1, 2021. According to the order, everyone must wear a mask indoors when in public (i.e. in businesses, offices, and indoor common areas), whether or not you’re vaccinated.
Also of note as it relates to businesses and offices:
Individuals, employers, and other institutions shall follow DC Health Guidance relating to the wearing of masks, as such guidance may be updated from time to time to adjust for changing conditions as regards to the spread of the virus and new information about the efficacy of mitigation measures such as vaccines. Click here for the most recent DC Health guidance, issued April 28, 2021.
Employers shall provide masks to their employees and may establish rules for mask wearing at their offices or facilities that are more stringent than the rules set forth herein.
Businesses and other institutions are authorized to request to see someone’s vaccine card or other adequate proof of vaccination, consistent with any applicable federal or local law.
If a business or other institution should require vaccination for admittance, registration, or employment, it must provide exceptions: (a) for those who are medically unable to be vaccinated and (b) for those whose sincerely held religious beliefs forbid them from being vaccinated. For persons with a medical or a religious exemption, a business or other institution should admit such persons on the other terms afforded to persons who have been fully vaccinated.
A mask is not required when a person is in an enclosed office that no one else is permitted to enter.
Those who are fully vaccinated may gather or conduct activities outdoors with members of their household, or in small, outdoor gatherings of friends and family without wearing a mask except in organized public outdoor settings or venues (neighborhood gatherings, an outdoor worship service, outdoor festival, outdoor wedding).
Additionally, fully vaccinated may visit outdoors with a small gathering of vaccinated and unvaccinated persons with whom they do not usually socialize, without wearing a mask. Social distance must be maintained, and persons in the group who are not fully vaccinated must continue to wear masks.
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 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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