District of Columbia

Updated: June 22, 2020

  • Mayor’s Order 2020-075 commences Phase 2 of reopening as of June 22, 2020 covering numerous sectors, including residential buildings, food retailers, nonessential retail, personal services, public and shared transit, childcare, gyms, and hotels, among others. The District has provided tailored guidance for each sector.  
  • Nonessential retail businesses may open to customers for indoor shopping, provided that the establishment enforces fifty percent (50%) occupancy limits and establishes processes to allow for social distancing (e.g., checkout line demarcations).
  • Personal services (e.g., nail salons, tanning, tattoo, facial and other skin services) may open under the same restricted conditions as barbershops and hair salons by appointment only.
  • The District’s mass gathering prohibition is updated to permit up to fifty (50) persons with certain exceptions. Residents of the District must maintain social distance of at least six (6) feet from persons not in their household except when such distance is impossible to maintain (e.g., medical services, haircut or salon services).

Updated: May 29, 2020

MAYOR’S ORDER 2020-067

  • Mayor’s Order 2020-067 lifts the District of Columbia’s stay-at-home order and beginning Phase 1 reopening as of May 29, 2020. Restaurants are permitted to resume outdoor dining, barber shops and salons may open by appointment only, and nonessential retailers may offer curbside and delivery sales.
  • Despite the lifting of the stay-at-home order, DC residents must still maintain six feet of distance and wear face coverings

Updated: May 13, 2020

MAYOR’S ORDER 2020-066

  • District of Columbia Mayor’s Order 2020-066 extends to June 8, 2020 the District’s state of emergency and related orders, including business closure and stay at home orders.
  • The order also outlines criteria that the District must meet before beginning phased reopening.

Updated: April 15, 2020

MAYOR’S ORDER 2020-063

  • District of Columbia Mayor’s Order 2020-063 extends to May 15, 2020 the District’s state of emergency and related orders, including business closure and stay at home orders.
  • The order also adds new mandates regarding masks and face/mouth coverings for residents and businesses.  Certain businesses (including food sellers, hotels, taxis, ride-sharing companies, and private transportation providers) must require and provide masks/coverings to employees.
  • The order also imposes new requirements on visitors and essential employees of certain community residences, including a symptoms questionnaire and a body temperature check.

MAYOR’S ORDER 2020-053

Executive Summary

District of Columbia Mayor’s Order 2020-053 (1) requires temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses and (2) prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people. The order is based on the CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure list and also identifies additional industries and businesses that are specifically included as essential businesses and operations under the order. 

Summary of Order

  • Issued on March 24, 2020.
  • The order is effective starting March 25, 2020 at 10:00 p.m. through April 24, 2020.
  • All non-essential business activities in the District of Columbia other than those conducted safely from home are required to temporarily cease.
  • Large gatherings of 10 or more persons are prohibited.
  • An individual suspected or confirmed to be infected with COVID-19 or other infectious disease or has cold or flu symptoms may not be engaged in conducting Essential Business.
  • In addition to those listed on the CISA Essential Critical Infrastructure list, the order enumerates several Essential Businesses:
    • Healthcare and Public Health Operations
    • Essential infrastructure
    • Food and Household Products and Services
    • Social Services Providing the Necessities of Life
    • Communications and Information Technology
    • Energy and Automotive
    • Financial Services
    • Educational Institutions
    • Transportation and Logistics
    • Construction and Building Trades
    • Housing and Living Facilities
    • Professional Services
    • Childcare Facilities

Social Distancing Requirements

  • For purposes of the Order, Social Distancing Requirements include:
    • Maintaining at least six (6) feet distances;
    • Washing hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or using hand sanitizer frequently or after contact with potentially-infected surfaces, as feasible;
    • Covering coughs and sneezes, preferably with tissue immediately disposed of, into sleeve or elbow, not hands;
    • Regulatory cleaning high-touch surfaces; and
    • Not shaking hands.


  • Individuals or entities that knowingly violate the order shall be subject to all civil, criminal, and administrative penalties authorized by law, including sanctions or penalties for violating D.C. Official Code § 7-2307, including civil fines, summary suspension or revocation of licensure.


Critical infrastructure sectors listed in CISA guidance (check list at link above for detailed list of worker functions):

  • Healthcare / Public Health
  • Law Enforcement, Public Safety, and Other First Responders
  • Food and Agriculture
  • Energy — Natural Gas, Natural Gas Liquids (NGL), Propane, and Other Liquid Fuels
  • Water and Wastewater
  • Transportation and Logistics
  • Public Works and Infrastructure Support Services
  • Communications and Information Technology
  • Other Community- or Government-Based Operations and Essential Functions
  • Critical Manufacturing
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Financial Services
  • Chemical
  • Defense Industrial Base
  • Commercial Facilities
  • Residential/Shelter Facilities and Services
  • Hygiene Products and Services