DowntownDC Economy Tracking

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The DowntownDC BID is tracking the partially open sectors on an approximately bi-weekly basis, and our latest information is provided below.  The next data collection date will be July 31, 2020.

Washington DC moved into Phase Two of its phased reopening on June 22, 2020, just following our previous report. Phase Two guidelines allow the following:

  • Retailers to provide indoor shopping at up to 50% capacity as well as curbside pickup, and
  • Restaurants to offer indoor dining at up to 50% capacity, as well as outdoor dining and takeout/delivery.
  • Office workers to return to the office, but little specific guidance is provided. The Mayor’s Order of June 19, 2020 states: “IV. PHASE TWO NON-ESSENTIAL, NON-RETAIL BUSINESSES shall continue to have employees telework to the greatest extent consistent with their business operations.”

For complete Phase Two guidance, visit http://coronavirus.dc.gov/phasetwo.

As a result of the start of Phase Two, 49 of DowntownDC’s 133 destination restaurants, or 37%, are open for indoor dining and 55 of Downtown’s 79 destination stores, or 70%, are now open for in-store shopping.  The table below shows the significant change in operations from June 15th to July 8th:

Regarding Office Occupancy, as of July 8, 2020, a DowntownDC office building owner and operator survey showed office occupancy is estimated at 5% and projected to remain at 5% to 10% until Labor Day, with projections ranging from 20% to 50% occupancy by the end of 2020.  Major office worker concerns are childcare and health issues with public transit.

The following three information graphics as of July 8, 2020 show that while certain sectors of the DowntownDC economy are open partially, it is performing at only 10.7% of its capacity (or 12% of last year’s performance level) due to concerns about the health risks of COVID-19:

  • Open/Closed Status of the Sectors of the DowntownDC Economy
  • Restaurant, Retail and Hotel Sector Data Showing Open and Closed Locations
  • Overall Economy Activity (with activity being defined as the product of being open and estimated sales compared to capacity).

Please send any questions to gerry@downtowndc.org or emily@downtowndc.org. For a complete listing of open restaurants and retailers, and to support DowntownDC businesses, click here.