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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

Read the Mayor's most recent announcement HERE

  • 25% capacity for indoor dining
  • Outdoor dining and takeout are currently allowed.
  • On premise alcohol sales must end at 12am midnight
  • Carryout and delivery of alcohol is permitted until 12:00am
  • 10 people allowed per table
  • Live music is allowed outdoors
  • Alcohol sales without food purchase are permitted

Starting Friday, May 21st:

  • Read the Mayor's update from May 10th here
  • Restaurants can operate at 100% capacity and all Covid-19 restrictions currently in place will be lifted on that date
  • Bars and nightclubs may begin operating at 50% capacity
  • Most other industries can also lift restrictions 5/21 including weddings and special events, business meetings and seated conventions, retail, museums, and more. See the full list here

DC’s Official Guidance on Masks

In DC, masks remain required for employees and patrons in outdoor dining settings, except when eating and drinking. This is not clearly stated in the most recent mask order issued on 5/1, however city officials confirmed that restaurants should follow mask rules in the current Phase 2 Guidelines found here.

Click here for updated ABRA rules on on-premise sales and consumption, and DCRA rules on outdoor spaces.

Key takeaways: 

  • Outdoor entertainment is allowed, with entertainment endorsement, including live music, on licensed or registered sidewalk cafés, summer gardens, or streateris between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. daily; 
  • Performers must stay six feet (6 ft.) apart from other performers; No more than five (5) performers shall be in the designated outdoor entertainment area and no more than ten (10) performers shall be on an indoor stage or designated indoor entertainment area at any one
  • Performers shall wear a mask unless wearing a mask will hinder the performance, such as a vocalist or a musician that is playing an instrument through the mouth;Diners must remain seated; No standing or sales of alcohol to anyone standing.

  • 12 ft. required between patrons and masked performers; 18 ft. between patrons and unmasked performers (The Mayor has said she’ll consider reducing these, but has not changed them as of yet) 
  • Cannot have musicians for live music or entertainers in parklets or on the streets near streateries, which may attract standing crowds;
  • No dance floors allowed indoors or outdoors;
  • Consult your ABRA settlement agreement, if you have one, as you may be restricted from offering outdoor entertainment
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.