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COVID-19 Resources

CHBID encourages everyone to take precautions and stay safe during this difficult time. We hope the following resources provided will help our community stay strong and equip you with important information.

Committed to Keeping Capitol Hill Clean & Safe

Capitol Hill BID (and all the DC BIDs) are in contact with DC Department of Public Works via periodic conference calls to ensure operations can continue as normally as possible. In addition to our regular routines, our clean team wipe down trash receptacles and bus shelters on a daily basis.
For the health and safety of our team members, schedules may be modified to limit unnecessary contact. The BID is prepared to continue to provide all clean and safe services to our community and update with any modifications if the need arises.

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Resources to Learn More

Government of the District of Columbia and Mayor Muriel Bowser have created a website dedicated to providing important information and resources specifically for people in the DC area. To learn more about safety and the most up to date news about COVID-19 in the District, visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/.

The Capitol Hill Community has stepped up as well to create important resources for our neighborhood. For more specific information in Ward 6, Councilmember Charles Allen has also
been posting updates on his own website: www.charlesallenward6.com/. Eastern Market Main Street and Barracks Row Main Street have also done their part compiling resources for residents and businesses owners including links and guidance for applying for SBA loans.

DC Council Passes COVID-19 Emergency Act

On March 17, the Council of the District of Columba approved, “COVID-19 RESPONSE EMERGENCY AMENDMENT ACT OF 2020.” The Act provides several measures that assist residents, businesses and organizations during this pandemic.

Take a moment to look over the emergency act and learn how it may help you!

Capitol Hill Businesses Changes & Updates

With many businesses categorized as non-essential, we know many are dealing with difficult situations. Consider reaching out to purchase a gift card to use in the future from your favorite store or inquire about other ways to support such as the GoFundMe to assist Wisdom employees. The BID has also put together an always expanding list including hours and website links of Capitol Hill restaurants you can support! Additionally, if in doubt about, call the establishment as many restaurants and other stores are offering carry out and free delivery.

The CARES Act and How it Can Help Your Business

On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was signed into law. The Act provides stimulus to individuals, businesses, and hospitals.The U.S Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship has created a guide to help businesses figure out which resources and programs are the most helpful to you.

Struggling to get started? The following questions might help point you in the right direction:

• Capital to cover the cost of retaining employees? Then the Paycheck Protection Program might be right for you.

• A quick infusion of a smaller amount of cash to cover you right now? You might want to look into an Emergency Economic Injury Grant.

• To ease your fears about keeping up with payments on your current or potential SBA loan? The Small Business Debt Relief Program could help.

• Just some quality, free counseling to help you navigate this uncertain economic time? The resource partners might be your best bet.

What’s Open?

One of the many important resources found on https://coronavirus.dc.gov/ is the list of essential operations and services that will continue to be available in DC. While the District of Columbia Government will modify its operations in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, the District government wants residents to know that it will continue to deliver essential services and keep the majority of its systems and services operating. To view the full list, visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/.

Tips for Business Owners

Barracks Row Main Street published additional resources and tips for everyone to stay safe:

✓ If your business is staying open, publish commitment to public health and outline actions for ensuring a clean facility and healthy staff; have hand sanitizer available for customers and latex gloves available for employees

✓ Offer digital gift cards that customers and patrons can buy now and use later

✓ Start, maintain, and enhance business webpages, online shopping opportunities, and social media presence

✓ Keep customers updated on new experiences or products you’ll offer when conditions improve

✓ Develop customer membership programs, such as “subscribe and save” on delivery or pickup of coffee beans, fresh produce, etc.

✓ Develop online shopping list services. For example, many grocery stores offer grocery pickup or delivery to customers who submit shopping lists online.

✓ Offer digital services and support to virtually sell, answer questions, and provide customer service

✓ Keep it lively! Offer trivia nights via livestream and provide virtual tours of your shop

Additional Resources

Stay safe, Capitol Hill! You are loved here!