COVID-19 Updates for the DowntownDC Community


Like most organizations in the District of Columbia, the DowntownDC Business Improvement District is taking a series of precautionary actions to comply with the COVID-19 emergency declaration issued by Mayor Muriel Bowser and safeguard the health and wellbeing of staff, residents and visitors. The BID will continue to provide updates as they become available. Please check this page for up-to-date information.

Safety/Hospitality and Maintenance (SAM) ambassadors

At this time, SAM ambassadors will continue service as regularly scheduled, until further notice, but we have implemented policies and procedures to safeguard their health and safety as well as reduce the potential spread of COVID-19.

Downtown Day Services Center

The Downtown Day Services Center will close beginning Monday, March 16 through March 31, 2020 to mitigate the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19).  We are working with our Department of Human Services partners to develop and implement practices and procedures to minimize the risk of spread of COVID-19 when the center reopens.

DowntownDC Events

We will closely monitor news and communications from the District of Columbia government and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and keep you informed on the status of upcoming DowntownDC BID events. In the meantime, we have canceled DowntownDC Cherry Blossom Yoga & Sunset Celebration, scheduled for Thursday, April 2 at Freedom Plaza and all other DowntownDC events have been postponed.

Stay Informed

We encourage you to stay informed and act in accordance with information as it is released. Visit the District Government’s website,, and the CDC website for the latest information surrounding COVID-19 along with preventive measure recommendations.

Resources for DowntownDC Businesses:

Resources for Newly Unemployed Due to COVID-19:

Worker Relief Funds:

Ways to Help

Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness:

Shelters for Men Only (Food facilitated by TCP)                                                    

  • 801 East Shelter: 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
  • Adams Place Shelter: 2210 Adams Place, NE
  • New York Avenue Shelter: 1355-57 New York Avenue, NE

Shelters for Women Only (Food facilitated by TCP)

  • The Harriet Tubman Women’s Shelter: 1900 Massachusetts Avenue SE, Building #27
  • Patricia Handy Place for Women: 810 5th Street, NW
  • Saint Josephine Bakhita Shelter: 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW
  • King Greenleaf Recreation Center (Hypothermia Location): 201 N Street, SW

Co-Ed Shelters (Food facilitated by TCP)

  • Community for Creative Non-Violence (CCNV): 425 Second Street, NW aka 2nd & D
  • Malcolm X Opportunity Center: 1351 Alabama Avenue, SE                                                  

Additional Resources: