ReOpen DowntownDC


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 (1313 New York Ave NW)

The Downtown Day Services Center will offer limited services by appointment only from 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Services include: restrooms, showers, laundry, phone charging and emergency clothing. Lunchtime meal service will continue to be offered daily, including weekends, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm in the park adjacent to the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. To schedule services, contact Pathways to Housing via phone: 202-674-2365  (9:00 am – 5:00 pm) or e-mail:

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. All DowntownDC Summer Events have been cancelled until further notice. 

DC Business PPE Care Package Pickup

Mayor Muriel Bowser is providing a starter package of personal protective equipment (PPE) to District of Columbia businesses authorized to open in phase 1 of ReOpen DC. Your local BID and Main Street organizations are facilitating the distribution of these care packages. You may sign up here to participate in this offer, while supplies last. In advance of completing the form, please find your pickup zone using this map. When completing this registration, you will need to select the ticket that matches your zone. Pick ups will start Monday, June 1.

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

Find Local Assistance: Free business counselors to help guide you through this uncertain time.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act – summaries from relevant industry associations

Resources for Newly Unemployed Due to COVID-19:

Worker Relief Funds:

Additional Resources:

  • Metropolitan Police Department (MPD): See MPD’s guidance on how to file a police report during the COVID-19 public health emergency here.
  • Pick-up and Drop-off (PUDO) Zones:Restaurants can check out this map to see if they already have a temporary PUDO zone or sign-up for one here.
  • Transportation: See how the Washington Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has adjusted their operations here.

Resources for People Experiencing Homelessness:

DowntownDC Request Homeless Services Outreach or Log a Service Request

Additional Resources:

Hand washing Stations in DowntownDC

  • Franklin Park (14th and K Streets NW)
  • McPherson Square (15th and K Streets NW)
  • Metro Center (11th & G St NW)

Portable toilets in DowntownDC

  • Franklin Park (corner of 13th and K Streets NW)