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District of Columbia Resource Guide

The following is a list of resources and vital information related the District of Columbia Coronavirus Response Efforts as related to your DC based restaurant. This list of resource links will continue to be updated with new information as it becomes available. 

The Bridge Fund

In DC, the Restaurant Bridge Fund application is NOW LIVE through Monday, December 28, 2020 at 5:00 PM/ET. Click here to apply. The Restaurant Bridge Fund aims to provide competitive grants to eligible restaurant and food services establishments that have experienced significant economic distress due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and made plans to respond and adapt to these challenging circumstances. The funds will support general operational expenses (rent/mortgage/docking expense, payroll, insurance, fuel for mobile vendors, and/or utilities), and expenses incurred related to winterization or COVID-19 preparation. The Restaurant Fund will award at least 700 grants for eligible businesses with consideration to economic distress, business viability, length of revenue generating operations, and District resident employment. Click here to learn more about eligibility. Click here to apply. 

The Small Business Resiliency Fund will provide $3 million in emergency operational funding and will be open to small, local businesses in the District of Columbia with 50 or fewer employees and independently owned restaurants without regard to employee-size.

Mayor's Orders
Phase II Guidance - In effect as of July 22, 2020
ReOpen DC Guidance - May 22, 2020
Council and Agency Updates

Private Events

As you continue to find new ways to reimagine your businesses models, we have received many questions regarding private events and how space may be utilized in safe and compliant ways. As of August 11th, in DC, as set forth by ABRA in their rulemaking, for indoor dining events with seated patrons, alcohol licensed establishments are limited to no more than fifty percent (50%) of the lowest indoor occupancy load or seating capacity on its certificate of occupancy, excluding employees and outdoor seating. There cannot be a standing component to the event, and all guests must be seated.

General Resources
Unemployment Insurance Benefits
In DC, if your employees applied for Unemployment Insurance (UI) at the beginning of the COVID-19 public health emergency (mid-March), they have likely exhausted or are about to exhaust benefits. UI is designed to last for 26 weeks, but fortunately, there are additional 13-week extensions currently available. The extension is not automatic, however. UI claimants will need to apply and fill out an application to receive extended support. There are two 13-week extension programs for regular UI-users: Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) and Extended Benefits. If people started receiving UI on or after July 1, 2019 and have collected benefits for 26 weeks, they are eligible for the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) 13-week extension. Click here to apply for PEUC and click here for more information from DOES. If they have exhausted both the initial 26 weeks of UI benefits and the 13-week PEUC extension, they are eligible for an additional 13 weeks of benefits through the Extended Benefits Program. Click here to apply for Extended Benefits. We encourage you to share this information with any staff that has received UI benefits.
Health Insurance
Community Assistance
Local DC Government Updates

Archived Coronavirus Content


If you have questions regarding any of the above topics or anything else, please email, as this will help ensure you receive a timely response on your pressing issue. To reach out to a specific team member, please click here for our staff directory.