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Real Time DC Updates on Coronavirus

March 13, 2020

A Note from the Desk of RAMW's President & CEO, Kathy E. Hollinger

Dear DC Restaurant Members,

We are in a quickly evolving situation and would like to provide you with a quick real time update from DC Mayor Muriel Bower as of 4pm Friday afternoon.

1. At this time, the DC government has banned gatherings of 250 or more people. The Department of Health has indicated that this applies to restaurants with banquet halls and large private event spaces. Restaurants that can accommodate 250 people do not have to change operations at this time, as long as the 250 are broken up into smaller parties. 

As this just went into effect, exact details of this guidance are not yet available, but operators should use common-sense to adhere as best as possible to the information provided. 

2. Starting on Monday, the District government will be open with modified business operations, and 50% of the workforce will work from home. Essential personnel will still be in place.

3. The DC Council is full steam ahead on a relief package that will be introduced on Tuesday as Emergency Legislation. The bill is targeted at providing support for small businesses and employees, and will act as a stimulus for our local economy during these uncertain times.

We understand the stress of this current situation, and are here to support you as we weather this storm together. We will keep you posted as everything develops, so please stay tuned for updates.



Kathy Hollinger | President and CEO

Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington

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DC Department of Health
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