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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. 

Where D.C. Is In Terms of ReOpening

All remaining Covid restrictions on capacity for nightclubs, large sports and entertainment venues have been lifted. As a reminder, if your establishment is keeping mask requirements in place, make sure you are publicly posting that where all who are entering the business or maneuvering within can see and know to adhere to your policy. And on vaccination, while it seems like so many in our industry have already been vaccinated, there are certainly some who may be wanting to return to work now but still need to get a shot. If you have staff, or potential hires, who are still seeking vaccines, RAMW’s partnership with UBER remains in effect through the Summer, offering restaurant employees ride credits to and from vaccine sites. As many mass vaccination sites are closing at this point, UBER can add addresses specific to an employee’s doctor, clinic, or preferred vaccine site. Click here to sign up as an employer. Email us at info@ramw.org to add a location.  

DC Streateries

As of now, DC Streateries, as well as new or expanded temporary ground floor or street level outdoor public or private spaces are allowed to continue operating through December 2021, unless extended by the Mayor. The Mayor’s Reopen DC Alcoholic Beverage Act of 2021, if passed by the Council, would extend the streatery program and expanded public/private outdoor spaces in both 2022 and 2023 between the months of May and October for a one time registration fee of $100. The Council is set to markup the Reopen DC Act in October. RAMW testified in support of the legislation in the Spring and we continue to advocate on behalf of our operators who would like to see this extension happen through 2023. We also know there are many operators who put ample time and money into the design and construction of more long-lasting structures and would like the Mayor to extend the program in December 2021 so that service can be continuous (without breaks between December 2021 and May 2022, and between October 2022 and May 2023.) We will keep you updated as these conversations move further. 

For those looking for the most updated guidance and information, please see the links below: 

  • Click here for ABRA June 11, 2021 Rulemaking on Additional Outdoor Seating on Public and Private Space
  • Click here for DDOT Streatery FAQs
  • Click here for the proposed Reopen DC Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Amendment Act

There are several laws and regulations that went into effect on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

  • Minimum Wage: Minimum wage increases to $15.20 per hour. The tipped minimum wage increases to $5.05. 
  • Foam Ban Fines: DOEE currently enforces the Foam Ban for foodservice ware and issues fines. DOEE began actively inspecting retail businesses for the Foam Ban in January 2021 and will begin issuing fines for retail violations on July 1, 2021.
  • Reducing Food Service Waste: By July 1, 2021, third-party food ordering platforms must include the option for customers to request and select disposable utensils and other add-on items. See the Reducing Food Service Waste page for more information.

DC Legislative Updates

The DC ABC Board voted unanimously to end the requirement that bars, restaurants, and nightclubs must provide a reservation system and collect contract tracing information. This is currently effective as of Friday, June 11 as all remaining capacity and service limits end for nightclubs, sporting venues, and large entertainment venues. Businesses can choose to maintain their reservation-only systems or continue to collect patrons’ information for contact tracing purposes, but will no longer be required to do so under DC’s emergency order. 

The Council extended the authority of the Mayor to extend the Public Health Emergency to July 25, at the latest. The Mayor has indicated that she will in fact extend it to accommodate administrative needs and the ability to receive and utilize Federal relief funds. She has not yet said if she will extend it all the way to July 25th, however. 

In DC, ABRA announced that the agency decided to extend the payment deadlines for select alcohol licensees financially impacted by the restrictions implemented to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). 

  • Second annual license fee payments for Retailer CN licenses, for licensure period October 1, 2019-September 30, 2022, are modified. Now, both the second and third annual fee payments are due on 9/30/21. The original deadline for the second payment was 9/30/20. The deadline for the third payment remains unchanged.

  • Third and final license fee payments for the licensure period April 1, 2019-March 31, 2022 now have an official modified payment deadline of 9/30/21. The original deadline was 3/30/21. This applies to the following licenses: Retailer CR/DR, Retailer CH/DH, Multipurpose facility CX/DX, Common Carrier CX/DX, Retailer, Arena CX, Club CX/DX, Caterer. 

  • The deadline for registered on-premises alcohol licensees to obtain an alcohol carry-out and delivery endorsement is now 9/30/21. Additionally, any alcohol establishment that has been approved for a Games of Skill Endorsement by the ABC Board must also secure a Game of Skill Retailer License from the Office of Lottery and Gaming (OLG) to be able to continue operating the machines on-premises. The deadline to submit an application to OLG (not secure a license) is 6/30/21.

  • A comprehensive fee and renewal schedule—inclusive of endorsements and permits—is available on ABRA’s website.

  • New statements will be mailed to licensees with outstanding balances in mid-to-late July 2021. Previously received invoices may be discarded.

  • If you have questions regarding payment or renewal deadlines, please email the Licensing Division at abc@dc.gov. In the subject line, include the subject of your inquiry, trade name, and alcohol license number. Inquiries will be responded to Monday-Friday, between 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Questions about modifications may be directed to ABRA’s Licensing Division at abc@dc.gov. Inquiries are responded to Monday-Friday, 8:30am - 4pm

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CONTACT RAMW

If you have questions regarding any of the above topics or anything else, please email coronavirus@ramw.org, 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.