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Stay Home DC | coronavirus

Monday, March 30, 2020

(Washington, DC) – Today, as a consequence of an growing variety of coronavirus (COVID-19) circumstances in Washington, DC and throughout the area and the nation, Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a stay-at-home order for the District of Columbia. This order reinforces the Mayor’s path to residents to remain at dwelling besides to carry out important actions.

“Our message remains the same: stay home,” mentioned Mayor Bowser. “Staying at home is the best way to flatten the curve and protect yourself, your family, and our entire community from COVID-19. Many people want to know how they can help right now, and for most people this is how – by staying home.”

The Mayor’s Order specifies that residents could solely depart their residences to:

  • interact in important actions, together with acquiring medical care that can’t be offered via telehealth and acquiring meals and important family items;
  • carry out or entry important governmental features;
  • work at important companies;
  • interact in important journey; or
  • interact in allowable leisure actions, as outlined by the Mayor’s Order.

Any particular person who willfully violates the stay-at-home order could also be responsible of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, topic to a effective not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for no more than 90 days, or each.

The stay-at-home order goes into impact on April 1, 2020 at 12:01 a.m.

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Mayor’s Order 2020-054

March 30, 2020

SUBJECT: Stay at Home Order

ORIGINATING AGENCY: Office of the Mayor

By advantage of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the District of Columbia pursuant to part 422 of the District of Columbia Home Rule Act, authorized December 24, 1973, Pub. L. 93-198, 87 Stat. 790, D.C. Official Code § 1-204.22 (2016 Repl.); in accordance with the COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, efficient March 17, 2020, D.C. Act 23-247, and any considerably related subsequent emergency or short-term laws; part 5 of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, efficient March 5, 1981, D.C. Law 3-149, D.C. Official Code § 7-2304 (2018 Repl.); part 5a of the District of Columbia Public Emergency Act of 1980, efficient October 17, 2002, D.C. Law 14-194, D.C. Official Code § 7-2304.01 (2018 Repl.); and part 1 of An Act To Authorize the Commissioners of the District of Columbia to make rules to stop and management the unfold of communicable and preventable illnesses, authorized August 11, 1939, 53 Stat. 1408, D.C. Official Code §§ 7-131 et seq. (2012 Repl.), it’s hereby ORDERED that:

I. BACKGROUND

1. This Order is issued primarily based on the growing variety of confirmed circumstances of COVID-19 inside Washington, DC, and all through the metropolitan Washington area. Scientific proof and public well being practices present that the best strategy to slowing the group transmission of communicable illnesses like COVID-19 is thru social distancing. The age and well being of a good portion of the inhabitants of Washington, DC, locations 1000’s of residents in danger for severe well being problems, together with dying, from COVID-19.

2. Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, Mayor’s Order 2020-045, dated March 11, 2020, and Mayor’s Order 2020-046, dated March 11, 2020 issued declarations of a public emergency and public well being emergency. Mayor’s Order 2020-050, dated March 20, 2020, prolonged these declarations of a public emergency and public well being emergency via April 24, 2020. Mayor’s Order 2020-048, dated March 16, 2020, Mayor’s Order 2020-051, dated March 20, 2020, Mayor’s Order 2020-053, dated March 24, 2020, and several other directives from the Department of Health offered for extra steps required to guard public well being. The COVID-19 Emergency Response Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-247), which was authorized by the Council and the Mayor on March 17, 2020, empower the District authorities with extra instruments to handle COVID-19. In addition, the President declared a nationwide emergency on March 13, 2020, and the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020, characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic.

3. The findings of prior COVID-19 Mayor’s Orders are included right here by reference.

4. Because of the danger of the fast unfold of the virus, and the necessity to shield all members of Washington, DC, and the area, particularly residents most weak to struggling the extended sickness or dying from the virus, and native well being care suppliers and first responders, this Order requires all people wherever in Washington, DC, to remain of their residences besides to carry out important actions, interact in important enterprise, present or acquire important authorities providers, or interact sure approved leisure actions not involving shut contact with different individuals.

5. The intent of this Order is to:

a. Keep the utmost variety of individuals of their residences to the utmost extent possible, in step with defending their very own well being and the well being of others, whereas enabling important actions, authorities providers, and enterprise to proceed;

b. Significantly sluggish the unfold of COVID-19;

c. Reduce COVID-19 virus infections, COVID-19 sickness, and dying brought on by COVID-19 and its problems;

d. Protect the well being, security, and welfare of the residents of Washington, DC, and different people positioned in Washington, DC;

e. Allow important actions, companies, and authorities providers to function and be delivered in relative security; and

f. To protect a sphere of private freedom by permitting exterior leisure actions beneath circumstances designed to attenuate well being dangers.

II. ORDER TO STAY AT HOME

1. a. All people residing in Washington, DC, are ordered to remain at their place of residence, besides as specified on this Order.

b. Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from the provisions of part II.1.a., however are strongly urged to acquire shelter, and District businesses shall, and different private and non-private entities are strongly urged to, make such shelter out there as quickly as potential and to the extent practicable, and to make use of COVID-19 threat mitigation practices of their operations. The District’s 24-hour shelter hotline shall stay open and accessible at 202-399-7093.

2. Individuals could depart their residences (together with their porches and yards) solely to have interaction in Essential Activities together with acquiring medical care that can’t be offered via telehealth and acquiring meals and important family items; to carry out or entry Essential Governmental Functions; to work at Essential Businesses; to have interaction in Essential Travel; or interact in Allowable Recreational Activities, as outlined in part IV of this Order.

3. Individuals shall not linger in widespread areas of house buildings and shall not use buildings’ amenities, equivalent to gyms, social gathering rooms, lounges, rooftop, or courtyard areas. Such areas are unlikely to be disinfected usually and will in any other case uncovered people to the COVID-19 virus.

4. Leaving dwelling for the needs of participating in Essential Business Activities or the Minimum Business Operations of companies not deemed Essential in Mayor’s Order 2020-053 is permissible, and individuals are allowed to acquire and supply home-based providers as long as the providers don’t contain bodily touching and could also be carried out in compliance with the Social Distancing Requirements, as outlined in part IV.8 of this Order.

5. When participating in Essential Travel, the next necessities and restrictions shall apply:

a. Individuals utilizing public transportation to have interaction in Essential Travel should adjust to the Social Distancing Requirements outlined in subsection IV.8 of this Order, to the best extent possible. Entry via the again door of any bus or van with a again door is inspired for the safety of the drivers.

b. Drivers of ride-sharing automobiles engaged in Essential Travel will need to have disinfecting wipes of their automobiles and should wipe down all surfaces doubtlessly touched by a passenger after every journey. Drivers of ride-sharing automobiles could not have greater than two (2) different individuals of their automobile at any time.

c. Individuals utilizing shared private mobility gadgets equivalent to scooters and bicycles are strongly inspired to convey their very own disinfecting wipes and wipe down the components of the gadget they contact earlier than and after using.

d. Public and personal transit officers shall make provisions for steadily disinfecting buses, subway vehicles, and some other automobiles they function, to the best possible requirements.

6.Under any of the restricted circumstances during which a person is allowed to go away their residence beneath this Order, the person shall adjust to the Social Distancing Requirements outlined in part IV.8 of this Order, to the utmost extent potential.

7. Notwithstanding some other provision of this Order, a person who’s suspected or confirmed to be contaminated with COVID-19 or some other transmissible infectious illness shall not be exterior their residence besides as crucial to hunt or obtain medical care in accordance with steering from public well being officers or their well being care supplier.

III. OPERATION OF ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES & MINIMUM BUSINESS OPERATIONS

1. The provisions of Mayor’s Order 2020-053 concerning which companies are important; selling telework; and permitting Minimum Business Operations of Non-Essential Businesses and subsequent steering printed on coronavirus.dc.gov stay in impact.

2. Additionally, at any time, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) could request and an Essential Business should present, its plans for complying with the requirement to attenuate person-to-person contact and obtain to the best extent possible, Social Distancing.

3. Likewise, Non-Essential Businesses conducting Minimum Business Operations pursuant to Mayor’s Order 2020-053 or fuller operations beneath a Waiver granted by HSEMA could also be requested to point out their operational plan and why the actions they’re conducting, and the way they’re conducting them, match inside allowable limits.

4. The DCRA could impose penalties together with abstract closure of companies, topic to subsequent hearings on the Office of Administrative Hearings; Notices of Infractions and Orders to Show Cause why a Business Should not be Closed; Notices of Infractions and Penalties of as much as $1,000 per day for violations per web site working in violation of this Order or Mayor’s Order 2020-053; and penalties of as much as $5,000 per day per web site for operation after an Order to shut, or a go to by an inspector that resulted in a warning or a request to shut, that was instantly complied with.

5. Any Essential Business or Government Building or Facility that is still open to the general public with an anticipated occupancy or attendance of greater than ten (10) individuals shall promptly and conspicuously submit within the constructing or facility a replica of the necessities for social distancing discovered on the coronavirus.dc.gov web site as could also be amended every so often by the District of Columbia Department of Health (DC Health).

6. These penalties are along with any that could be imposed by the Alcohol Beverage Control Administration, together with revocation of liquor licenses or permission for supply providers.

IV. DEFINITIONS

For the needs of this Order, the next phrases shall imply:

1. “Allowable Recreational Activities” means outside exercise with family members that complies with Social Distancing Requirements, as outlined in part IV.8 of this Order, and consists of the sanitizing of any tools used each earlier than and after the exercise. Outdoor actions shouldn’t be performed with individuals aside from these from one’s personal family.

Examples: Walking, mountaineering, working, dog-walking, biking, rollerblading, scootering, skateboarding, enjoying tennis, {golfing}, gardening, and different actions the place all members adjust to Social Distancing Requirements and there’s no person-to-person contact.

2. “Essential Activities” means:

a. Engaging in an exercise or performing a process important to a person’s personal well being or security, or to the well being or security of the person’s household or family members, together with pets.

Examples: Obtaining medical provides or remedy; visiting a well being care skilled; or acquiring provides wanted to make money working from home.

b. Obtaining providers or provides for a person’s personal self or the person’s household or family members; or delivering these providers or provides to others which are crucial to take care of the security, sanitation, and operation of residences.

c. Performing work offering important services at an Essential Business or in any other case finishing up actions particularly permitted on this Order, together with Minimum Basic Operations.

d. Caring for a member of the family or pet in one other family or serving as a caregiver offering important providers to a different. Caregiving includes greater than companionship or leisure, however slightly helps an individual with actions of day by day residing, the supervision of kids, or in any other case tends to the fast bodily wants and security of somebody who can not attend to these wants for him or herself.

e. Providing or acquiring providers at a Health Care Operation.

i. For functions of this Order, the time period “Health Care Operation” consists of hospitals, clinics, dentists, pharmacies, pharmaceutical and biotechnology corporations, different well being care amenities, well being care suppliers, dwelling well being care and assisted residing providers, psychological well being suppliers, or any associated and/or ancillary well being care providers.

ii. The time period “Health Care Operation” additionally consists of veterinary care and all well being care providers offered to animals.

iii. This authorization shall be construed broadly to keep away from any impacts to the supply of well being care, broadly outlined.

iv. The time period “Health Care Operation” doesn’t embrace health amenities, train gyms, spas, therapeutic massage parlors, or different related amenities.

f. Providing any providers or performing any work essential to the operations and upkeep of Essential Infrastructure.

i. For functions of this Order, the time period “Essential Infrastructure” consists of essential or emergency public works or utilities building, building, stable waste assortment and elimination by personal and public entities, telecommunications providers; offered, that a person shall present these providers and carry out this work in compliance with the Social Distancing Requirements as outlined in part IV.8 of this Order, to the extent potential.

ii. Other infrastructure and building exercise could also be allowable as an Essential Business beneath part IV.3—of this Order.

3. “Essential Businesses” are these outlined in Mayor’s Order 2020-053 and subsequent interpretive steering.

4. “Essential Government Functions” are these outlined in Mayor’s Order 2020-053 and embrace all of the duties carried out by individuals designated important or emergency personnel.

5. “Essential Travel” means:

a. Travel associated to the supply of, or entry to, Essential Activities, Essential Governmental Functions, Essential Businesses, or Minimum Basic Operations, together with journey to and from work to function Essential Businesses or keep Essential Governmental Functions;

b. Travel to look after aged, minors, dependents, individuals with disabilities, or different weak individuals;

c. Travel required to go to a home of worship;

d. Travel to or from academic establishments for functions of receiving supplies for distance studying, for receiving meals, and some other associated providers;

e. Travel to return to a spot of residence from exterior Washington, DC;

f. Travel required by legislation enforcement or courtroom order;

g. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence exterior Washington, DC; and

h. Travel throughout the Washington area to have interaction in allowable actions beneath that jurisdiction’s legal guidelines.

6. “Minimum Basic Operations” means the next:

a. The minimal crucial actions to take care of the worth of the enterprise’s stock, guarantee safety, course of payroll and worker advantages, and associated features;

b. The minimal crucial actions to facilitate workers of the enterprise having the ability to proceed to work remotely from their residences; and

c. The minimal crucial actions to facilitate teleworking or the distant supply of providers previously offered in-person by the enterprise; to offer for the pay and advantages of the companies’ workers; to offer cleansing and disinfection of a enterprise’s amenities; or to offer worker supervision of contractors or workers offering important upkeep of the ability.

7. “Residences” embrace properties and flats, motels, motels, shared rental items, and related amenities.

8. “Social Distancing Requirements” embrace:

a. Maintaining not less than six (6)-foot social distancing from different people;

b. Washing palms with cleaning soap and water for not less than twenty (20) seconds or utilizing hand sanitizer steadily, or after contact with potentially-infected surfaces, to the best extent possible;

c. Covering coughs or sneezes, ideally with a tissue instantly disposed of, or into the sleeve or elbow, not palms;

d. Regularly cleansing high-touch surfaces; and

e. Not shaking palms.

V. ENFORCEMENT

1. Any particular person or entity that knowingly violates this Order shall be topic to all civil, prison, and administrative penalties approved by legislation, together with sanctions or penalties for violating D.C. Official Code § 7-2307, together with $1,000 fines, abstract suspension or revocation of enterprise licensure.

2. Any particular person who willfully violates this Order could also be responsible of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, topic to a effective not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for no more than 90 days, or each.

3. An officer or worker of the District of Columbia authorities that violates this Order or any associated personnel issuance shall be topic to applicable administrative self-discipline, together with, when circumstances warrant, suspension from responsibility with out pay or elimination from workplace.

VI. SEVERABILITY

If any provision of this Order or its software to any particular person or circumstance is held to be invalid, then the reminder of the Order, together with the applying of such half or provision to different individuals or circumstances, shall not be affected and shall proceed in full pressure and impact.

VII. EFFECTIVE DATE

This Order shall change into efficient at 12:01 a.m. on April 1, 2020 and can proceed to be in impact via April 24, 2020, or till it’s prolonged, rescinded, outmoded, or amended in writing by a subsequent Order.

Mayor Signature
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Frequently Asked Questions on Stay at Home Order

Q: My enterprise holds a nightclub license and has been declared non-essential, I even have kitchen amenities that may very well be used to arrange and serve meals to prospects. Can my enterprise proceed to function on the supply and grab-and-go foundation that different eating places make use of now?

A: Yes, however solely with these restricted operations: making ready and serving meals. You could open just for supply, perform, or “grab and go” providers. You should not permit any meals to be eaten on web site, and no meals shall be out there in a self-serve method, equivalent to a buffet or sizzling bar. In accordance with Mayor’s Order 2020-053 and Mayor’s Order 2020-054, chances are you’ll function as important solely to serve meals, whereas complying with social distancing necessities. Other operations of your facility, equivalent to promoting non-grocery or home goods, should be suspended and out there on the market on-line or via supply.

Q: I work in well being care or for a well being care-related entity, would my enterprise be thought of important?

A: Yes.

Q. Are dwelling well being care aides and direct service suppliers important?

A. Yes.

Q: Did the Mayor shut church buildings?

No, however massive gatherings of ten or extra individuals are prohibited, in order a sensible matter, most church buildings will not be holding providers. Weddings and funerals could solely be 10 or fewer individuals. Houses of worship can keep primary enterprise operations, and plenty of open their doorways to individuals who stroll in who need a quiet place to wish alone. Many congregations are additionally sustaining their social service packages to ship important gadgets like meals to people who find themselves at dwelling or serving to others get to medical appointments.

Q: Are mortuary providers closed?

A: No, however funeral parlors can not host viewings, wakes, repasts or different gatherings of ten or extra individuals.

Q. Are fireplace monitoring providers closed?

A. No.

Q: Are motels closed?

A: Some could have determined to shut because of the decline in tourism and the cancellation of conferences and occasions. They are allowed to proceed to supply rooms, however conferences or occasions are prohibited as they might violate the massive gathering guidelines.

Q: Is new building halted?

A: No. Construction is allowed beneath Section IV.1.j. However, it needs to be performed safely with social distancing prioritized.

Q: Big field shops are allowed beneath the Mayor’s Order, however greater than ten individuals are in them without delay. Is DCRA going to shut them?

A: Big field shops ought to make efforts to protect a protected distance between prospects.

Q: Medical personnel refer purchasers to my Pilates studio. Can we proceed to remain open and supply providers as important medical providers?

A: If you aren’t a licensed medical practitioner, then your studio is taken into account a gymnasium, which is non-essential and should shut.

Q: Is my employer, a telecom firm, an important enterprise?

A: Yes, telecom corporations are thought of important.

Q: Are storage amenities important companies?

A: Allowing a present storage unit renter entry to their possessions is actually important to them and needs to be accommodated. People typically want storage websites throughout building on their properties or after they’re shifting – so the storage facility may be offering important family providers beneath Section IV.1.c.

Q: Are locksmiths important?

A: Yes, Under Section IV.1.j, “Construction and Building Trades,” they’re a enterprise that “provides services that are necessary to maintaining the safety, …and operation of residences and Essential Businesses.”

Q: Are parking heaps important?

A: Yes.

Q: Are optometrists and lens makers important?

A: Yes.

Q: Can I host my boot camp health courses exterior?

A: No. We encourage individuals to do important train, however it’s a lot safer to take action alone. If you do have an allowable variety of purchasers and they’re practising social distancing, it’s best if fee is made on-line, so that you’re not handing gadgets like bank cards backwards and forwards.

Q: Can we nonetheless ship our newspapers?

A: Yes, newspapers are clearly important beneath Section IV.1.e, and thus the distribution system for getting them to individuals is important, too.

Q: Are actual property brokers important?

A: Real property places of work ought to near all however minimal enterprise operations, however particular person brokers can work from their properties, name purchasers, direct individuals to doubtlessly good properties on MLS, place properties for itemizing on-line and the like. Necessary monetary providers are important, and closings can happen as essential to the operation of residences and important companies. Open homes will not be permitted. Showing a house to 1 potential purchaser is suitable.

All actions needs to be performed in a strategy to reduce threat. Offices ought to transfer to principally telework or have the minimal variety of individuals current to deal with the closing.

Q: I’m working at dwelling now. Can I’ve my home painted now?

A: Yes. That’s allowed beneath Section IV.1.j. Painting helps keep the home and may be executed sustaining social distance.

Q: I function a magnificence provide retailer. Some of our provides embrace alcohol, hand wipes, and surgical masks. Can we keep open?

A: No. If your principal enterprise is serving salons, it’s best to shut too.

Q:  My legislation agency has a number of pending courtroom deadlines and we work way more effectively on the workplace.  Can we go in?   

A: As a basic matter, try to be working from dwelling, as your enterprise is in any other case a non-essential skilled providers agency.  Staying house is vital to remaining wholesome. You could go to the workplace if crucial to fulfill courtroom deadlines.

Q:  Are pc restore retailers allowed to stay in operation? 

A: Yes, take extra measures to guard workers and prospects. Customers ought to name forward, and decide up or return gadgets exterior when potential.

Q:  My agency attends to crops, inside and outdoors firms, motels, and authorities buildings.  May we keep in operation? 

A: Yes. However, set up of latest plantings which are presently not in your stock shouldn’t be important presently.  Households are allowed to rent contractors to carry out upkeep and sustain their properties.  To the extent you might be staying in operation, please you’ll want to have your crewmembers work not less than six ft aside.

Q:  We present workplace house {and professional} providers to non-profits – which providers can be thought of minimal enterprise operations for us? 

A: You ought to present entry to places of work of your tenants in order that they will perform their very own minimal enterprise operations. 

Q:  We present building provide, equivalent to {hardware} and glass used for set up and alternative.  May we keep in operation?

A: Yes, an important enterprise beneath the Construction and Building Trades part of the Mayor’s Order.

Q: We are a dwell stream broadcast manufacturing firm. Do we have to shutter fully? 

A: No, to the extent you serve the media, that are important, you might be important and may keep open.

Q:  I personal a catering firm. Catering shouldn’t be talked about within the Mayor’s Order.  May we keep in Operation?

A: You are included as an important meals providers firm for supply of things. You ought to restrict your providers to supply or seize and go.

Q:  I personal a printing firm.  We do some, however not all, of our work for medical corporations; offering gadgets like consumption and consent types. May we keep in operation?

A: You could serve purchasers which are important companies, like all well being care group, beneath the Mayor’s Order.   If the printing wants are to adjust to legally-mandated actions, fulfilling these orders is suitable.    

Q: Are volunteers serving to to offer important providers to low-income and weak individuals, equivalent to emergency meals suppliers, important?

A:  Yes, offering Social Services Providing the Necessities of Life, together with emergency meals, is important.

Q: Can retail enterprise homeowners go to their store to package deal and ship out on-line orders?

A: Yes, that may be thought of performing minimal primary enterprise operations. They ought to have the minimal variety of individuals within the store to course of these orders and guarantee they’re practising social distancing.

Q: Can a enterprise nonetheless function for curbside pickup and supply for meals, beverage, and low?

A: Yes, a meals enterprise providing grab-and-go and supply is important. 

Q: Can I function pet grooming amenities?

A: To the extent that the grooming wants for pets are for preventative care, for instance treating an an infection, pores and skin situation, or nail clipping, you should still function these providers.

Q: Can my arts and crafts provide retailer proceed to function?

A: Yes, you possibly can function delivery-based providers, provided that individuals could make purchases on-line or by calling the shop.

Q: We are a nonprofit group that maintains an city vegetable farm distributing produce to those that want meals in DC, can we proceed to function?

A: Yes.

Q: Our group is managing Kingman and Heritage Islands State Conservation Area, in partnership with the District Department of Energy and Environment, and the world wants continued upkeep; can we proceed to function?

A: Yes, that is thought of an important authorities contractor engaged on important infrastructure and waste administration within the District. For continued operations, individuals ought to observe social distancing and the minimal quantity of individuals needs to be on web site.

Q: My firm offers actual property dwelling inspection providers and mildew testing providers; could we proceed to function?

A: Yes, as you might be supporting important companies and residences. When you use, it’s best to have the minimal variety of individuals onsite and observe social distancing.

Q: If I personal an appraisal firm that helps dwelling gross sales, can I proceed to function?

A: The appraisal business for dwelling gross sales could proceed to function as monetary {and professional} providers supporting the operation of residences and important companies. All actions needs to be performed in a strategy to reduce threat, and places of work ought to transfer to telework or have the minimal variety of individuals current to deal with an appraisal.   

Q: I’m a florist, and our firm delivers fruit, vegetable crops, and flowers to residences and funeral properties, can we stay open?

A: You could function delivery-based providers solely. You should make sure you hold the minimal variety of workers within the store to function, and observe social distancing.

Q: Can meat producers proceed working?

A: Yes.

Q: Can landscapers proceed to function?

A: Yes, whereas they’re working for companies and residences to carry out upkeep and sustain their properties. To the extent corporations are staying in operation, please you’ll want to observe social distancing.

Q: I’ve a janitorial and cleansing providers firm, can we keep open?

A: Yes, you might be supporting important companies and residences. As a reminder, your workers ought to observe social distancing and observe DC Health and CDC tips for cleansing and security.

Q: I’ve a gymnasium in my condominium or house constructing, can it proceed to function?

A: No, gyms are closed, no matter possession or construction.

Q: Can I’m going fishing?

A: Yes, you possibly can go fishing as a leisure exercise. However, it’s best to solely be fishing by your self or with different people in your family. Remember that whereas participating in leisure exercise, try to be practising social distancing.

Q: My enterprise qualifies as a Food Retail Store, do I’ve to offer my workers with masks or face coverings?

A: Yes, all workers should put on masks or face coverings whereas on responsibility. If you’ll be able to procure masks, you could present them to your workers. If you can’t procure them as a consequence of provide issues, then you could permit workers to put on do-it-yourself or self-procured masks or face coverings, and supply masks or face coverings as soon as they’re out there.

Q: My enterprise qualifies as a Food Retail Store, do I have to make aisles a method?

A: Yes, the place potential. This goes to assist prospects and workers keep away from cross paths and reduce contact. It can even assist people keep six ft of distance amongst them.

Q: My family recurrently takes walks across the neighborhood – typically with our nanny or caregiver. We had been not too long ago stopped and knowledgeable that we might solely stroll on the sidewalk proper exterior our dwelling, is that this true?

A: No, strolling, bicycling, working, and getting contemporary air (with different members of your family or alone) are thought of Allowable Recreational Activities. Just be sure to are participating in these actions responsibly and practising social distancing. If a gaggle types in an space, chances are you’ll have to disperse as a result of social distancing wouldn’t be potential.

Q: Are CBD shops allowed to function?

A: CBD shops and smoke retailers are non-essential.

Q: As of April 24, can I function a automobile wash within the District?

A: Yes. Car washes can now function if they’re offering disinfection providers to automobiles for both the inside or exterior. We perceive that some important staff have to take their automobiles to work each day and should need to make the most of these providers to make sure supplies on their automobile are disinfected if they might include COVID-19, because the longevity of the virus on supplies and the potential for any subsequent transmission is unsure.

Before these automobile washes reopen, they need to submit a social distancing plan to DCRA pursuant to part III.3 of Mayor’s Order 2020-54 via Vanessa Careiro at [email protected] that features a plan to stagger shifts or take different precautions for his or her workers to encourage minimal individual to individual contact amongst prospects and coworkers.

Q. The Mayor’s Order offers that “Drivers of ride-sharing vehicles may not have more than two (2) other persons in their vehicle at any time.” Can members of the identical family journey collectively in a for-hire automobile?

A: Yes, a household or members of the identical family residing collectively can journey collectively in a ride-share automobile even when there are greater than two individuals. Additionally, it could be potential for a pair not residing collectively to share a journey or have these two people embrace a caregiver or a nanny.

Q. Does the Mayor’s Stay at Home Order outline taxi and ridesharing drivers as “essential”?

A: Yes. Mayor’s Order 2020-053, issued on March 24, 2020, states that “Taxis, ride-sharing companies, and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for Essential Businesses or Essential Governmental Functions and other purposes expressly authorized in this Order;” are important providers.

Q: Can a course of server firm nonetheless function?

A: Yes, you possibly can serve course of. Please be aware of social distancing practices when effectuating service.

Q: Do comfort shops like CVS, Walgreens, 7/11 and others should adjust to Mayor’s Order 2020-058 for Retail Food Sellers?

A: Yes, they’re thought of “Retail Food Sellers” beneath part II, provided that they’re engaged within the retail sale of meals, even when they’ve aisles dedicated to different merchandise. All merchandise with a food-related license are topic to the Order.

Q: I run a non-essential enterprise, if I now change my enterprise to have interaction within the sale of important merchandise like groceries and masks, can I reopen my retailer?

A: It relies upon, are you newly licensed to promote meals? If you aren’t licensed to promote meals then you definitely can not reopen your enterprise to take action beneath your basic enterprise license. Additionally, if you’re newly engaged within the sale of masks or different home goods, you would course of these purchases via internet gross sales and supply, equivalent to different non-essential companies have executed. Unless you might be revamping your retailer entrance, advertising, and format to rework into an important enterprise, your retailer ought to stay closed to in-store prospects.

Q: Can a automobile dealership keep open?

A: For some, a automobile could also be wanted to get to an important enterprise. While auto restore retailers are open, typically a automobile may very well be past restore. Dealers could stay open as a result of they’re supporting important journey, however places should observe social distancing and sanitize excessive contact surfaces steadily. Dealers mustn’t permit prospects to check drive automobiles until the automobile’s inside has been wiped down with antiseptic wipes beforehand and all prospects and workers wash their palms totally earlier than and after the take a look at drive. No greater than two prospects could also be within the automobile throughout any take a look at drive, and like all enterprise, the automobile dealership ought to present for social distancing.

Q: Can nurseries stay open?

A: Yes, they’re important as nurseries promote merchandise that assist gardening actions and should promote crops that develop meals. As important companies, nurseries will need to have their workers and prospects adjust to social distancing and regulate operations to attenuate the variety of workers wanted on web site, if potential.

Q: Are chiropractors important and should their practices stay open as an important enterprise?

A: Yes. Mayor’s Order 2020-053 defines an important enterprise beneath healthcare and public well being operations as “any related and/or ancillary health care services as defined by CISA,” the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency of the US Department of Homeland Security, which has printed steering on what could also be thought of an important enterprise. Chiropractors are explicitly listed in CISA’s record beneath Healthcare.

Q: Have tips/mandates been despatched to house managers, landlords, homeowners multi-family properties concerning notification to tenants if an individual is identified with COVID-19?

A: No, mandates haven’t been issued to landlords, managers, homeowners and so forth. for notifying different tenants if one other tenant is identified with COVID-19, nor are individuals with diagnoses mandated to reveal their situation to their landlords. Everyone ought to assume that there’s group unfold of the illness and take care to observe the keep at dwelling orders, steadily hand wash, keep away from touching widespread surfaces, and make use of social distancing to keep away from contact with others.

Q: Are workers and contractors of the owner required to put on protecting gear – masks and gloves?

A: Orders referring to masks and gloves order don’t apply to house landlords or homeowners and their contractors.

Q: Should sanitizer be offered exterior elevators and/or foyer?

A: It is an effective observe to have sanitizer in lobbies, however it’s not necessary.

Q: Are tenants required to put on a masks to go to the mail room, laundry, elevator and so forth. Since social distancing shouldn’t be potential within the examples, it will seem this may very well be mandated by Mayor.

A: Tenants will not be required to put on masks within the widespread areas of their constructing, however we perceive that practices are growing in lots of buildings whereby solely family members items are within the constructing’s elevator on the similar time, or that administration recommends tenants put on masks within the widespread areas, or wait till others have left the mailroom to retrieve their mail. The configurations of buildings are so completely different, we imagine a few of these points are finest left to administration and condominium boards to work out for themselves, whereas defending the privateness of individuals affected by a illness.

Q: What if my enterprise is nonessential? Can I promote my merchandise on-line and supply supply providers?

A: Yes. Nonessential companies not in any other case enumerated as important could proceed minimal primary operations, together with for the aim of supply of their merchandise. They could not permit prospects on premises, at their entrances, or curbside. They should additionally reduce the variety of workers required on-site and when potential, they need to stagger shifts. Businesses also needs to recurrently disinfect high-touch surfaces.

Q: We’re a self-driving platform know-how firm, could we proceed to function in the course of the public well being emergency?

A: Yes, you’ll be thought of an important enterprise in each the transportation and know-how industries. To the extent your enterprise requires street testing that should be performed in particular person, chances are you’ll conduct these actions so long as you might be complying with social distancing necessities and minimizing the quantity of workers wanted on web site. The firm should additionally implement common sanitization protocols and disinfect excessive contact surfaces. At most, 9 individuals could also be current at one time, in staggered shifts. As a lot of your workforce as potential ought to proceed to work remotely.

Q: Is a enterprise that sells specialty footwear and attire important?

A: No. A specialty enterprise that sells footwear, even these personalized or really helpful by well being care professionals, and attire is nonessential. The enterprise should still function to offer supply of its merchandise to residents however could not function a storefront or curbside pick-up.

Q: Are concierge and residential house constructing workers important?

A: Housing and residing amenities, together with residences and residential amenities are deemed important in Mayor’s Order 2020-053. That would come with a constructing’s administration and workers. While important, to the best extent possible, the enterprise should proceed to adjust to social distancing necessities, together with by separating workers by off-setting shift hours or days. Management and constructing homeowners may additionally encourage residents to set insurance policies that may encourage social distancing, equivalent to limiting households in an elevator, limiting package deal or mail decide as much as pre-determined instances, or encouraging using masks in widespread areas.

Q: Is an organization that manufactures gear or tools for important companies or first responders important?

A: Yes. Those corporations could function to the extent that they’re supporting important companies and important authorities features. The enterprise should nonetheless adjust to social distancing and implement methods to attenuate the variety of individuals current on the facility.

Q: If I manage an occasion to assist barbers and stylists present haircuts to people with measures equivalent to using masks, sanitized merchandise, and social distancing the place potential, is that permitted beneath the Mayor’s Order?

A: No. Currently, barbershops and hair salons are non-essential. The District will contemplate these providers when figuring out when and learn how to reopen.

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