Mayor Bowser announced DC’s Stay-at-Home order has been lifted as of Friday, May 29, 2020. Beginning May 29, the District will move into Phase 1 of reopening. The public health emergency is still in effect, and gatherings of more than 10 are still prohibited. The entire plan for Phase 1 of ReOpening and related resources can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov/phaseone.

Please remember that Phase 1 continues to require all individuals to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from persons not in their household and large gatherings of more than 10 individuals continue to be prohibited.

Phase 1 ReOpening will allow the safe return of business such as:

Non-Essential Retail

  • No customers allowed inside
  • Curbside or outdoor pickup permitted by customers for items ordered online or over the phone
  • Delivery of items ordered online or over the phone permitted

Barbershops and Salons

  • Hair services permitted by appointment only
  • Stations must be 6 feet apart
  • No waiting inside the shop
  • No waxing, electrolysis, threading, or nail care
  • Hair-related products may be sold to customers immediately before or after appointments, but otherwise only through delivery or curbside pickup


  • Restaurants with outdoor seating can open for outdoor table service only
  • Restaurants must register with DDOT to resume outdoor dining. A registration form should be live on Friday, May 29, 2020; The Dupont Circle BID will send it once we have it
  • Taverns, nightclubs and mixed-use facilities that serve food, and that are already approved to provide such outdoor service by ABRA, may also operate outdoor dining
  • All outdoor dining customers must be seated, and patrons must place orders and be served while sitting at tables
  • All tables must be 6 feet apart
  • No more than 6 people seated a table
  • Takeout, grab-and-go, and carryout are still permitted

See Public Space section below for details on additional outdoor seating. Additional restaurant Phase 1 clarification is expected in the coming weeks. 

Parks and Recreation

  • Dog parks, golf courses, parks, tennis courts, tracks and fields reopening
  • Playgrounds, public pools, recreation centers and other indoor DPR facilities still closed
  • Contact sports like basketball, football, soccer still prohibited

Public Space

  • To achieve the crucial balance of reopening restaurants and minimizing the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the District has developed guidelines for how this can be done safely. These guidelines draw on the guidance of DC Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and national/international best practices. 

As part of the District’s Phase One reopening, outdoor space can be transformed in
the following ways:

  • Restaurants can convert sidewalk space, alleys, parking lanes and travel lanes into parklets and outdoor dining seating.
  • Community organizations (specifically, Advisory Neighborhood Commissions [ANCs], Main Street Organizations, or Business Improvement Districts [BIDs]) can turn an entire block face of parking or travel lane(s) into streateries; and parts of an alley or other public space into dining plazas.
  • Retailers can use outdoor space for curbside pickup and delivery. 

The expansion and creation of new outdoor seating will be temporarily permitted for eligible restaurants and other licensed food establishments based by their Certificate of Occupancy. Streatery, plaza, or alley closures can only be sought by Business Improvement Districts (BID), Main Street Organizations, or Advisory Neighborhood Commissions (ANC). If you are an eligible business or group of business that would like to apply for expanded outdoor seating of any kind, please click below to review the guidelines. The Dupont Circle BID is more than happy to assist walking you through the process. If you would like assistance, please email us at info@dupontcirclebid.org.

Download the Expanded Outdoor Seating Guidelines

For details on each of the 4 suggested phases of reopening, see pgs. 18-20 of the ReOpen DC recommendations document.

ReOpen DC's "Before You Open" Checklist

ReOpen DC released two “Before You Open” checklists for both restaurants and retailers. Business owners should use these checklists to assess if they are ready to open once they are allowed to do so.

Download the Restaurant Checklist

Download the Retail Checklist