Mayor Bowser lifted DC’s stay-at-home order on Friday, May 29. Beginning May 29, the city moved into Phase 1 of reopening. The public health emergency is still in effect and gatherings of more than 10 are still prohibited.
Phase 1 guidance, based on the ReOpen DC Recommendations, has been issued at coronavirus.dc.gov/phaseone for restaurants; schools; dental care, for-hire vehicle, taxi, and rideshare vehicles; childcare services; parks and open spaces; cosmetology and barber professionals; older adults; individuals with chronic health conditions; and elective surgery. 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.
Below is a Phase 1 overview, which began May 29. Once you’re ready to reopen, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your plans so that we can help promote those businesses that are open under Phase 1.
Curbside or front-door pickup permitted by customers for items ordered online or over the phone
Delivery of items ordered online or over the phone permitted
No customers allowed inside
No selling from the sidewalk or curb
Non-essential retailers must fill out this registration form before beginning sidewalk and/or curbside pick-up under Phase 1. Once you complete the registration form, you are immediately allowed to use the sidewalk to provide pick-up of pre-purchased items, and operate under the specified guidelines. No further steps needed.
If you want to provide curbside pick-up, you MUST also obtain a permit from DDOT for space for curbside pick-up. Permit instructions are available in the registration form.
Hair-related products may be sold to customers immediately before or after appointments, but otherwise only through delivery or curbside pickup
According to Phase 1 FAQs, salons are asked to operate with stations six feet apart. Those physical distancing requirements may require stations to move, or for temporary stations to be installed for a period of time. Dividers – such as curtains – cannot be used in place of appropriate distancing.
Restaurants with outdoor seating can open for outdoor table service only.
Restaurants and licensed food establishments that want to begin operations on open spaces, whether on public space or private property during Phase 1, must register here.
Upon completion of this registration form, restaurants and licensed food establishments that want to expand their use of public space or that currently do not have a sidewalk cafe permit must also apply for a public space permit to provide outdoor tableside service in public space. Information on how to submit a public space permit application is included in the relevant pages of the registration form.
Patrons are permitted inside a restaurant to use the restroom, or to access ground-level private outdoor space OR a rooftop already permitted as a summer garden. They should not linger, and must wear a mask while walking to the bathroom, or to the outdoor space.
Taverns, nightclubs and mixed-use facilities that serve food, and that are already approved to provide such outdoor service by ABRA, may also operate outdoor dining
All outdoor dining customers must be seated, and patrons must place orders and be served while sitting at tables
All tables must be six ft. apart
No more than six people seated a table
Takeout, grab-and-go, and carryout still permitted
See Public Space section below for details on additional outdoor seating
Dog parks, golf courses, parks, tennis courts, tracks and fields reopening
Playgrounds, public pools, recreation centers and other indoor DPR facilities still closed
Contact sports like basketball, football, soccer still prohibited
The Mayor’s Special Events Task Group, in conjunction with DDOT, will identify public space, including sidewalks, roads, and alleys, to be closed to vehicular traffic for specific days and times to allow for outdoor customer seating for Phase 1 licensed food or retail establishments, in addition to expanded pedestrian and bicycle usage. We hope to have more details on this soon.
The Mayor’s office purchased a large quantity of masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies to help businesses that will be reopening under Phase 1. She has asked the city’s BIDs and Main Street organizations to help distribute these supplies.
We will be distributing these supplies from a drive-up pick-up location (near 1115 29th St NW) on Sunday, May 31 from 9 am – 5 pm, and Monday, June 1 from 9 am – 5 pm. Although supplies will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis, we have plenty of inventory so there is no need to rush in to pick-up your supplies immediately.
Businesses reopening in Phase 1 that would like a PPE care package must register here. Georgetown businesses should register for pick-up in “Zone 6 – Georgetown”. (You can technically pick up your package at any of the designated sites throughout the city, but pick-up hours and instructions may vary. Again, we encourage you to both register and pick-up from Georgetown Zone 6.)
During registration, you’ll be required to provide your contact information, work address, cell phone number, company name, and Federal Tax ID, as well as typical hours of operation and typical number of employees (under normal operation).
Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email. That email will include specific pick-up instructions (including more detailed address notes), as well as a ticket that’s attached as a PDF.
You must pull that ticket up on your phone when you pick up your supplies, or have a printed ticket on hand. The city is using one universal tracking app, and you cannot pick-up supplies without first registering.
The city will determine if there are additional supplies available for those opening in Phase 2, but this is intended for Phase 1 businesses only.
Care-package supply quantities will be determined by the number of businesses that register. Two types of masks are included, one of which requires some quick assembly. Assembly instructions will be posted on here later today.
These packages will 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.
Any updates regarding PPE care packages will be posted here.
"Before You Open" Checklist
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.