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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 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.


Phase Two of ReOpen DC

Monday June 22, Mayor Bowser began Phase Two of reopening.

(UPDATED: June 19) Capitol Hill BID has complied a document with information for our businesses as DC continues the process of reopening. With details of Phase Two currently in effect, to upcoming webinars specifically for business owners, this document will be periodically updated with the most current information to better assist BID members.

View the document here.

     Phase One will allow the safe return of business such as indoor non-essential businesses with limited capacity, revised services from personal services by appointment, and limited indoor dining for restaurants. The entire plan for Phase Two of Reopening and related resources can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov/phasetwo.

Please remember that Phase Two continues to require all individuals to maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet from persons not in their household, wear a mask or face covering to protect yourself and others, and large gatherings of more than fifty (50) individuals continue to be prohibited.

Visit coronavirus.dc.gov/phasetwo for more information.

Capitol Hill Businesses Changes & Updates

Continuing under Phase Two, many restaurants are able to operate their typical takeout/delivery, outdoor dining, and limited indoor dining with proper safely precautions. Consider continuing to support your favorite local restaurant safely with any of these three options.

The following restaurants are have open patio dining:


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.

To stay up to date on the implementation of these programs, please visit the following websites:

  • – SBA – here you will find information on all COVID-19 related programs that SBA is providing, including the Paycheck Protection Program, Economic Injury Disaster Loans and Emergency Grants, and Small Business Debt Relief.
  • – Department of Treasury –  here you will find information on the Paycheck Protection Program, as well as other tax provisions meant to help employers, including non-profits.
For a brief overview of the assistance program available, check out this quick facts graphic.

The Paycheck Protection Program resumed accepting applications July 6, 2020, at 9:00 AM EDT in response to President signing the program’s extension legislation. The new deadline to apply for a Paycheck Protection Program loan is August 8, 2020.

The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll.

SBA will forgive loans if all employee retention criteria are met, and the funds are used for eligible expenses. Click here to read more about PPP loan forgiveness.

For more information and to apply, visit https://www.sba.gov/.


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/.

Additional Resources

Capitol Hill Business Resources


Stay safe, Capitol Hill! You are loved here!