WASHINGTON — The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) remains present around the country, as well as here in the DMV. Things like masks and social distancing are the most important to help combat the spread of the virus.
Mayor Bowser extends D.C.’s public health emergency order until December 31, 2020.
The extension is needed to keep up key parts of the District’s coronavirus response, the order says. Originally, the state of emergency was to end on October 9.
“Without continued extraordinary measures authorized under a state of emergency, as well as community compliance with preventative measures, the progress the District has made in protecting the health, safety and welfare would be threatened and likely reversed,” the order reads.
The mayoral order also makes a few changes to the District’s Phase 2 reopening status, which has been in place since June 22. Public indoor pools may now open. Outdoor dining is still allowed, and the fees for those permits will be waived. There is no change to indoor dining limitations. And the District Department of Employment Services will be responsible for issuing public health emergency grants to help train District residents to support the government, educational institutions, businesses, and other organizations in the coronavirus response.
The order also says District government agencies may ask people using D.C. facilities to provide identification and contact information, “for the sole purpose of facilitating contact tracing,” the order reads. Any information collected under the rule will be destroyed after 30 days, according to the order.