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Reopening requires two sets of guidelines. First, the government mandated guidelines we are working with regional leaders on and will share with you soon. Second are the operational guidelines and recommendations for ensuring your teams are prepared, that your finances are in order as much as they can be, that your physical restaurant and inventory are ready, and that you have communication plans in place to train staff on protocol and to let your customers know what you are doing, to name a few things. Some of our industry partners have shared resources, toolkits, and checklists to help you consider what you may need to do in all of these areas. 

Registering for public and private space use

DC Resources

  • If you already hold a permit for outdoor dining, you can begin service, but are requested to still register to notify DDOT and ABRA of service. Register here.
  • If you are interested in expanding to public or private space you complete Phase One Registration using this link for both public and private space use. (I know we are no longer in Phase One but the registration is still referred to as “Phase One Registration”.)
  • For additional seating of private space, you only need to show an agreement to use the space and complete Phase One Registration.
  • For additional seating on public space, within 5 days you must submit the Temporary Sidewalk Table Service permit to DDOT through TOPS by clicking here
    • If you don't already have a TOPS account with DDOT you will need to create one to apply for the public space permit.
  • Click here for more information from DDOT and ABRA about registering for outdoor dining. 

Maryland Resources

Virginia Resources


Patio Heater Vendors - October 22, 2020

Service Offerings for Restaurants from EMR - July 27, 2020

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Restaurants - May 20, 2020

Electric Motor Repair ‘Restaurant Ramp-Up’ - Offer to inspect and restart cooking/refrigeration equipment for $25 per piece now through the end of June.

DC Resource Guide

ABRA Rules for Phase Two - June 19, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Phase 1 Guidance for Restaurants - May 27, 2020

DC ReOpening Situational UpdateMayor Bowser's Order - May 13, 2020

DC Restaurants and Food Retailers ReOpening Recommendations - May 21, 2020 

Mayor's Order Phase One of Washington, DC Reopening - May 27, 2020

Phase Two Guidance Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Restaurants - June 15, 2020

ReOpen DC Recommendations to the Mayor May 21, 2020

MD Resource guide 

Continued Declaration of a Local State of Emergency for Prince George's Co. - May 14, 2020

Montgomery Co. COVID-19 Stay at Home Order in Effect Until Local Conditions Improve - May 14, 2020

Maryland Executive Order - June 10, 2020

Maryland ReOpening Order - May 13, 2020

Maryland ReOpening Guidelines - May 13, 2020

Montgomery County Executive Marc Elrich Announces Phase 2 Reopening Date - June 15, 2020

Prince George's County Modified Phase Two ReOpening - June 11, 2020

ReOpening Montgomery County: Phase 1 Restaurants Checklist - June 1, 2020

VA Resource guide

Executive Order 63 - May 26, 2020

Forward Virginia ReOpening Guidance - May 20, 2020

Virginia ReOpening Executive Order - May 15, 2020

Virginia Safer at Home: Phase Two Guidelines - June 2, 2020

Virginia Safer at Home: Phase Three Guidelines - June 23, 2020


COVID-19 Safe Operating Guidance - October 21, 2020

CDC Restaurant Re-opening Guide - May 15, 2020

Ecolab COVID-19 Foodservice Operations Resource Libraries - These resources are a combination of CDC and WHO guidelines and Ecolab expertise.

FoodPRO: Operator Insights for Reopening Checklist - April 29, 2020

James Beard Foundation: Building a Path to ReOpening - April 22, 2020

National Restaurant Association COVID-19 Reopening Guidance - May 22, 2020

OpenTable ReOpening Insights - April 23, 2020

ReOpening Updates in DC, MD, VA - May 13, 2020

Rosslyn BID "Ready for Reentry" Program - To access these resources, click HERE if you are in Rosslyn or click HERE if you are located outside of Rosslyn.

Safety First: Serving Food and Protecting People During Covid-19 - May 21, 2020

ServSafe Before You Come to Work Hygiene Poster - May 26, 2020

ServSafe Cleaning vs. Sanitizing - May 26, 2020

ServSafe Hand Washing 101 Infographics - May 26, 2020

ServSafe ReOpening Guidance: COVID-19 Precautions - OnDemand video

Streetsense: Pandemic Relaunch Toolkit for Restaurants and Bars - April 24, 2020