April 1, 2020

Dear neighbor,

Due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases in our city and across the region, Mayor Bowser issued a stay-at-home order, effective today at 12:01 A.M., for District residents, until April 24th. This order reinforces that residents should stay at home to protect us all and to slow the spread of the coronavirus. 

What does "stay-at-home" mean? Residents may only leave their residences for essential activities.

What are essential activities?
  • Obtaining medical care that cannot be provided through telehealth
  • Securing food and essential household goods
  • Caring for elderly relatives
  • Caring for your pets
  • Performing essential governmental functions
  • Working at essential businesses
  • Engaging in essential travel
  • Individuals using public transportation to participate in essential travel must maintain a 6-foot distance from others. Entry through the back door of any bus or van with a back door is encouraged for the protection of the drivers
  • Individuals experiencing homelessness are exempt from the order but are urged to obtain shelter
  • The District’s 24-hour shelter hotline is open and accessible at 202-399-7093

Please do not:
  • Linger in common areas of apartment buildings
  • Congregate in parks and playgrounds
  • Use buildings’ facilities, such as gyms, party rooms, lounges, rooftop, or courtyard spaces 
  • Use or operate ride-sharing vehicles with more than two additional people at a given time

Please do:
  • Stay home
  • If you can't stay home, and you plan to use shared personal methods of transportation, such as scooters and bicycles please bring your own disinfecting wipes and wipe down the parts of the device that you touch before and after riding

Read the Mayor's entire stay-at-home order here: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/stayhome .

Please adhere to this order. It will help save lives. Anyone who willfully violates the order may be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, subject to a fine not exceeding $5,000, imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or both.

We will get through this together.