On March 24th, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser further directed that all “non-essential businesses” in the District must close beginning March 25th at 10:00pm and remain closed through April 24th.

These Businesses Must Close

  • Door to door sales businesses;
  • Gyms, health clubs, spas, and massage parlors;
  • Hair salons, barbers, tanning salons, tattoo parlors, and nail salons;
  • Retail clothing stores;
  • Theaters, auditoriums, and night clubs;
  • Tour guides and tour services;
  • Restaurants, cafes, coffee/team shops, bars, and other food service establishments, except those businesses offering delivery, grab-and-go, and carryout; and
  • Professional service businesses who are not servicing “essential services” businesses or “essential government services” in the District.

Essential Businesses that Can Remain Open

  • Automotive repair and automotive supply stores;
  • Banks and credit unions;
  • Bicycle sales and bicycle repair shops;
  • Childcare facilities;
  • Grocery stores, supermarkets, licensed farmers markets, convenience stores, and food retailers;
  • Liquor stores;
  • Hospitals, clinics, dentists, and pharmacies;
  • Veterinarians and animal care service providers;
  • Essential infrastructure businesses (e.g., power, electric, internet, roads, etc.)
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners;
  • Restaurants (but only for delivery, grab-n-go, or takeout);
  • Food or shelter businesses servicing the economically disadvantaged;
  • Educational institutions (but only for remote or distance learning);
  • Mail, package, and shipping businesses;
  • Bicycle sales and repair shops;
  • Professional services businesses (but only to service needs of “essential services” or “essential government services” businesses);
  • Housing and residential living facilities; including animal shelters;
  • Businesses performing “essential government functions” (e.g., first responders, law enforcement, judicial, and election functions); and
  • Construction and trade businesses (e.g., plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc.).

While the above businesses may remain open, there is still in place a restriction on a gathering of ten (10) people or less, so some businesses will have to operate with a “skeleton” staff.