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As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to unfold, District Bridges is here to support small businesses. For up to date information please check the key resources links below. During this crisis District Bridges will be sending out email updates on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to get on our mailing list for these updates sign up below.


Mayor Bowser announced DC’s Stay-at-Home order has been lifted as of Friday, May 29, 2020. Beginning May 29, the District will move into Phase 1 of reopening. The public health emergency is still in effect, and gatherings of more than 10 are still prohibited. The entire plan for Phase 1 of ReOpening and related resources can be found at

Please remember that Phase 1 continues to require all individuals to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from persons not in their household and large gatherings of more than 10 individuals continue to be prohibited.

Phase 1 ReOpening will allow the safe return of business such as:

Non-Essential Retail

  • No customers allowed inside
  • Curbside or outdoor pickup permitted by customers for items ordered online or over the phone
  • Delivery of items ordered online or over the phone permitted

Barbershops and Salons

  • Hair services permitted by appointment only
  • Stations must be 6 feet apart
  • No waiting inside the shop
  • No waxing, electrolysis, threading, or nail care
  • Hair-related products may be sold to customers immediately before or after appointments, but otherwise only through delivery or curbside pickup


  • Restaurants with outdoor seating can open for outdoor table service only
  • Restaurants must register with DDOT to resume outdoor dining. A registration form should be live on Friday, May 29, 2020; The Dupont Circle BID will send it once we have it
  • 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 6 feet apart
  • No more than 6 people seated a table
  • Takeout, grab-and-go, and carryout are still permitted

See Public Space section below for details on additional outdoor seating. Additional restaurant Phase 1 clarification is expected in the coming weeks.

Parks and Recreation

  • 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

Public Space

  • 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.

For details on each of the 4 suggested phases of reopening, see pgs. 18-20 of the ReOpen DC recommendations document.

ReOpen DC’s “Before You Open” Checklist

ReOpen DC released two “Before You Open” checklists for both restaurants and retailers. Business owners should use these checklists to assess if they are ready to open once they are allowed to do so.


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