Monthly Archives: March 2020

Unprecedented Citywide ANC Virtual Discussion Provides COVID-19 Pipeline to Mayor, Council

Unprecedented Citywide ANC Virtual Discussion Provides COVID-19 Pipeline to Mayor, Council

by Larry Janezich

A new initiative in the form of virtual conferencing for all ANC commissioners citywide provides a forum for comment feedback to city officials on the city’s response to COVID-19.

The unprecedented virtual conference is the brainchild of former Chair and current Vice Chair of ANC6B, and current City Council a Large candidate, Chander Jayaraman.  The first of the meetings – hosted by Jayaraman and current ANC6B Chair Brian Ready occurred March 25.  Fifty ANC Commissioners from across the city participated on the Zoom platform.

That meeting’s theme was “Keeping Communities Strong in the Face of COVID-19”.  Jayaraman, who has nearly two decades of experience in emergency response management, presented key tips that could be used to help keep neighborhoods and local businesses strong during the crisis. Then followed a general discussion to share concerns and strategies for the ANCs to provide support for their communities.

The result of the first meeting was a memo which was forwarded to the Mayor and to members of the Council last Friday.  Some of the requests and needs raised in the memo included:

A request for daily updates on numbers of COVID-19 cases confirmed by Ward and the current rate of COVID-19 hospitalizations. (Subsequently, this morning, the Mayor announced Ward data would be included in daily updates.)

Temporary relief from quarterly sales tax and property tax for small businesses.

Relief for small business owners who pay themselves out of business revenues, but are currently ineligible for unemployment benefits.

A need to address residents’ concerns about the potential for spread of COVID-19 among construction workers and to clarify what guidance has been given private contractors.  (DGS has issued COVID-19 Guidelines for Construction Sites but concerns remain regarding how they will be enforced and to what degree they will be adhered to.)

Immediate relief for the child care community to avoid permanent closures.

Support to establish and coordinate more food banks.

The memo also named some strategies communities are taking including creation of neighbor check-ins for the most vulnerable residents, development of food collection and preparation efforts, creation of neighborhood volunteer networks, and mutual aid groups to help neighbors.

After submitting the memo to the city officials, Jayaraman said he heard from two council members.  CM Charles Allen said he was looking forward to reading the memo, and CM Robert White expressed a desire to be involved in the next meeting. Jayaraman invited him to open up a second virtual conversation which occurred last night.

According to Jayaraman, White reviewed the memo produced by the first meeting, acknowledging specifically the concerns about construction workers.  He also said deferring property taxes was not an option given the city’s need to pay its own bills in April, and that the city would consider continued relief for small businesses.  The city has received 4,000 requests for the $25,000 grants afforded under the $25 million fund established by the city council, a number that if equally proportioned would provide only $6500 to each.  He said he would consider a concern of co-host Brian Ready regarding the set of people – recent hires, small business owners, and others – who are not eligible for unemployment benefits.

Jayaraman said a theme common to both meetings was the risk posed by lack of virus protection standards for construction workers as work on projects continues unabated.  With hundreds of large sites he doubts that DCRA inspectors will be able to monitor conditions on work sites.  He noted that NYC halted all non-critical construction, excluding hospitals and low-income housing.

Ready, Chair of ANC6B, credited Jayaraman’s outreach effort, saying the virtual meeting is “a forum for all commissioners across the city to discuss the challenges and concerns they are having. The things they’ve seen give us a better understanding of what the landscape is like for parts of the city.”

Jayaraman said, that the virus has been a unifying force for the city and the virtual meetings show how the amplified unified structure of the ANC can be a voice for the communities.  He sees an opportunity for the city’s Office of ANCs to set up a structure to tap into the ANCs’ opinion on major issues in the future.  The general consensus, he said, is that the meetings are helpful and should continue weekly throughout the crisis.  He says he is considering other ways to add value to the meetings such as inviting city officials to present, and suggested a presentation on the impact of the virus on the homeless, for example.  The next meeting will be Monday April 6 at 8:00pm, where one of the questions to be decided is whether to let the press listen in on the meetings.

Jayaraman said, “The virtual meeting is a great opportunity to bring together elected officials closest to the community to express concerns and discuss what’s working and to share that with our leaders as we move forward together through this crisis.”

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(In Lieu of) The Week Ahead…Some Images from the Week Past

(In Lieu of) The Week Ahead…Some Images from the Week Past

by Larry Janezich

On Tuesday afternoon, work continued on the Murillo/Malnati Development Group’s four story 45 unit apartment building at 818 Potomac Avenue, Southeast. The project will overlook the Virginia Avenue Community Garden across the street to the east.

Here’s a rendering of how it will look when finished, looking northwest.  See here: http://bit.ly/2tUtE0f

 

Over at 2nd and North Carolina Avenue,, residents have taken matters into their own hands to help out the DDOT in repainting crosswalks. There are three schools nearby. (Click to enlarge)

 

Late Friday afternoon, after the House had passed th $2 trillion stimulus bill that morning, CNN cc congressional correspondent Manu Raju was still filing reports.

 

…and on the Senate side, FOX News ‘ Chad Pergram continued the network’s post action coverage.

 

Sunday afternoon about 4:00pm, there was breathing room at Eastern Market…

 

…and a line waiting to get into Trader Joe’s.

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ANC6B Commissioner Kasie Clark Resigns

ANC6B Commissioner Kasie Clark, at the February meeting of ANC6B, which she announced would be her last meeting.

ANC6B Commissioner Kasie Clark Resigns

by Larry Janezich

ANC6B09 Commissioner Kasie Clark has resigned as the representative of single member district, ANC6B09. Yesterday’s District of Columbia Register posted a notice from the Board of Elections certifying the vacancy.  Clark had made it known in February she would resign in March owing to her relocation out of the District.  Her Single Member District (SMD 6B09) abuts part of Reservation 13 to the east and includes half of Barney Circle, the old Boys and Girls Club – currently under development, and Congressional Cemetery.  Clark was elected in 2018, for the two year term ending January 1, 2021.

Clark, is currently a program Director at College to Congress – a nonpartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to creating a more diverse and effective Congress by financially supporting full time Congressional interns with members of Congress.

A major concern of the 6B09 will be the redevelopment of Barney Circle, currently being planned by the District Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.  Other issues include the development of Reservation 13, https://bit.ly/2UJ11Pp the first phase of which is now under construction, discussion and community input on the future of DC Jail, and the problems associated with the high volume of commuter traffic through the community.  The on-going struggle with pop-ups – which are tolerated outside of the Historic District, often over the objections of neighbors, will likely heat up as the city looks for ways to increase density to address the lack of affordable housing. In 2010, ANC opposition quashed a bid to establish a Barney Circle Historic District, but as of now, there is nothing indicating an attempt to revive that effort.  The SMD has a few commercial establishments on 15th Street, but is free from the headaches sometimes brought to the ANC by liquor licenses.

The usual procedure for filling the seat once declared vacant is by special election at a time and place determined by the ANC.  Candidates must submit a qualifying petition signed by 25 6B09 SMD residents to the Board of Elections.  If only one qualified candidate emerges, the usual procedure is for the ANC to declare that candidate the new commissioner. Capitol Hill Corner will post the details as they become available.

A map of ANC6B is below showing the boundaries of Single Member District 6B09.

ANC6B – Click to enlarge

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National Park Service Mistakenly Closes Lincoln Park, Setting Off Comedy of Errors

National Park Service Mistakenly Closes Lincoln Park, Setting Off Comedy of Errors

by Larry Janezich

Mid-day on Friday, a photo circulated (by the editor of CHC and others) on Capitol Hill listservs showed a sign of an official sign posted at Lincoln Park alerting residents that:  “Lincoln Park is Closed.  As a public precaution, Lincoln Park is temporarily closed for the safety of staff and visitors.  Updates will be posted to the Park website….

That set off a comedy of errors which took much of the day to get resolved, and then, without apology from the Park Service, or acknowledgement that it had been their fault.

A visit to the Park Service website told a different story than the one on the sign:  “Playgrounds are Temporarily Closed as of March 26th, 2020.  Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health officials in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, Lincoln Park, Stanton Park, Marion Park, and Maryland Ave Playgrounds are temporarily closed.”

However, actions by police seemed to be more in keeping with a park closure.  According to one poster on the Lincoln Park listserv, “Those signs were placed in the general area, by the Lincoln statue, not the playground, after the police made people disperse prior to dusk, about 5:30 p.m.”

At 2:53pm, First District Commander Morgan Kane, who had been asked to help clarify the status of the park, notified the Lincoln Park listserv that “The parks are closed.  I just verified with US Park Police that the parks are closed and no one should be inside using them.  Officers from U.S. Park  Police and MPD will monitor and advise folks to leave the park and practice all the recommendations from the CDC and your local district government leaders in accordance with the Mayor’s Order 2020-053 and National Park Service Record of Determination.  We all are asked to play our important role in flattening the curve of COVID-19 infections.”

At 4:14pm, Kane came back to the Lincoln Park listserv with an update:  “US Park Police just called to notify me that they accidentally closed the entire park versus just closing the playground.  US Park Police will still come through the parks to ensure compliance with their NPS Record of Determination as well social distancing asks.  Please continue to work with us to flatten the curve!!!  MPD will continue to remind you as well.”

ANC6B Commissioner Steve Holtzman reached out to the National Park Service for an explanation.  Robert R. Arzola, Acting Program Management Specialist, Office of the Superintendent replied:

“I am writing regarding questions related to National Park Service signage at Lincoln Park. On Saturday, March 21 the Lincoln Park playground was closed as a public health precaution. Following guidance from the CDC and recommendations from state and local public health in consultation with NPS Public Health Service officers, the playgrounds at Lincoln Park, Stanton Park, Marion Park, and Maryland Ave are temporarily closed. Lincoln Park and the other parks are open.”

By late afternoon on Friday, Lincoln Park was filled with residents enjoying the spring weather.

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Trader Joe’s Expands Store Access for Seniors over 60

Trader Joe’s Expands Store Access for Seniors over 60

By Larry Janezich

Our local Trader Joe’s at 700 Pennsylvania Avenue, has instituted a new procedure as of this morning, March 23, that provides for additional access for senior shopping between 9:00am and 10:00am.  The new practice applies nationwide.

Crew members have been directed by corporate headquarters to establish a line for senior shoppers, separate from a line for other shoppers.  Seniors will be admitted preferentially – three from their line to one from the other – during the first hour.  Store hours will remain 9:00am – 7:00pm.

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(In Lieu of) The Week Ahead…Some Images from the Week Past

(In Lieu of) The Week Ahead…Some Photo Images from the Week Past

There’s nothing scheduled for the week ahead.

by Larry Janezich

Trader Joe’s started limiting the number of customers in its store this weekend.

 

Sephora, at 7th and Penn closed up shop…

 

…with this explanation. (click to enlarge)

 

Work continued on the new playground and reconstruction of the Eastern Market Metro Plaza Park.

 

A sign on lower Barracks Row a few doors south of Las Placitas announced the prospective arrival of a new coffee shop.  Opening likely to be delayed for a few weeks.

 

At the U.S. Capitol on Saturday afternoon, the administration’s motorcade lined up outside the Senate wing as Secretary of the Treasury Mnuchin tried to reach agreement with legislators on a $1 trillion dollar financial rescue package.  (The flag signifies that the Senate is in session.)

 

And new paint at The Fridge seems vaguely relevant…

 

…and perhaps prophetic.

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Capitol Hill Food Outlets – Shopping and Take-Away – Updated *

Peregrine

Peregrine Is Open

Over on Barracks Row, Valor has grab and go growlers.

Capitol Hill Food Outlets – Shopping and Take-Away – Updated Periodically

by Larry Janezich

Here’s a list of some nearby grocery venues and their operating hours and shopping restrictions – list will be updated as info becomes available. New additions are marked with an asterisk*. 

Eastern Market – Open Tuesday to Friday – 7:00am -7:00pm; Saturday – 7am – 6pm; Sunday – 9:00am – 5:00pm.

Trader Joe’s – Open 9:00am – 7:00pm until further notice.  Customers asked to limit purchases to 2 of any one item and one full shopping cart.  No special hours for at risk customers.  700 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Harris Teeter – Open 7:00am – 8:00pm.  No special hours for high risk patrons.  Product Limits: three (3) items each for the following categories: Water, Toilet Tissue, Canned Meat, Pasta, Cleaning Supplies, Airborne, Cold, Flu & Allergy.  1350 Potomac Avenue, SE.

Whole Foods – Open 8:00am – 9:00pm.  Customers who are 60 and older can shop one hour (7:00am – 8:00am) before opening to the public.  Closure of hot tables and prepared food service.   101 H Street, SE and 600 H Street, NE.

Giant – Open 6:00am – 10:00pm.  The first hour of operation between 6:00am and 7:00pm is reserved for customers 60 and older.  300 H Street, NE.

Yes! Organic Market – Open 7:00am – 10:00pm.  410 8th Street, SE.

*Roland’s – Open 8:00am – 9:00/10:00pm for deli carryout and groceries.

And a list of some Capitol Hill restaurants and coffee shops offering take-away and delivery – list will be updated as info becomes available.  Hours may vary. 

(Emergency legislation passed by the City Council allows for pick up or delivery of beer and wine to be consumed in the home from a restaurant if ordered with food.)

Aatish on the Hill – Open 5:00pm – 10:00pm for carryout.  202-733-5026.

*Barrel – Open 2:00pm – 7:00pm for carryout.  events@barreldc.com

Beuchert’s – Open 5:30pm – 10:00pm for pickup and delivery.  202-733-1384.

*Bibija – Open 11:00am – 5:00pm for carryout.  202-544-3049

*Bombay Street Food – Open 11:30am – 10:00pm for carryout and delivery. 202-558-9506

*Burrito Brothers – Open 7:00am – 9:00pm for carryout and delivery. 202-543-6835.

*Café Berlin – Open 12:00noon – 8:00pm for carryout.  202-543-7656

*CAVA – Open 12:00noon – 9:00pm for carryout and curbside delivery.  202-543-9090.

Chi-Ko – Open 5:00pm – 9:00pm for takeout and delivery.  202-558-9934.

Chipotle – Open 10:45am – 10:00pm for takeout and delivery.  202-464-3390.

District Taco – Open 8:00am – 10:00pm for carryout. District Taco is also available for free delivery independently outside of the food apps. 202-735-5649.

*District Doughnuts – Open 7:00am – 4:00pm for carryout. 202-817-3196

*District Soul Food – Open 4:00pm – 7:00pm for carryout.  202-544-8882

Dunkin’ Donuts – Open 5:00am to 9:00pm for carryout. 202-543-3923

Emilie’s – Open 10:30am to 8:00pm for takeout. 202-544-4368.

*Good Stuff Eatery – Open 11:00am – 10:00pm for carryout and delivery.  202-791-0168.

*Hunan Dynasty – 11:00am – 9:30pm.  Order on line.  http://bit.ly/2wb9kvf

*Hype Café – Open 8:00am – 6:00pm for carryout.  202-629-3046.

*La Lomita – Open 4:00pm – 10:30pm for carryout.  202-546-3109.

*La Lomita Dos – Open 11:30am – 10:pm for carryout.  202-544-0616.

*Las Placitas – Open 11:00am – 10:00pm for carryout.  202-543-3700

La Plaza – Open 11:30am – 1030pm for takeout. 202 546 9512/202-845-7038.

*Lavagna – Open 5:00pm – 10:00pm for carryout and delivery – https://www.lavagnadc.com/ 

*Little Pearl – Open 10:00am – 8:30pm for take out “food and booze”. 202-618-1868.

*Mangialardo’s  – Open 8:00am – 3:00pm for take out.  202-543-6212,

*Mr. Henry’s – Open 4:00pm – 8:00pm for carryout.  202-546-8412.

*Nooshi – Open 5:00pm – 8:00/9:00pm for carry out (30% off). 202-827-8832.

Peregrine – Open 8:00am – 4:00pm for takeout.  202-629-4381.

*Pete’s Diner – Open 6:00am – 3:00pm for carryout.  202-544-7335.

*Pizza Iole and Kabob & More – Open mid-day, hours flexible for carry out.  202-544-0910

Prego Deli – Open 10:00am – 5:00pm for takeout and deliveries. 202-547-8686.

Radicci – Open 7:30am – 8:00pm for takeout.  202-758-0086.

*Rose’s Luxury – Open 5:00am – 8:00pm (may vary) for takeout.  202 580 8889 (text is best).

San Pham – Open 11:00am – 10:00pm for takeout.  202-544-9368.

*Santa Rosa – Open 11:00am – 9:00pm for carryout and curbside pickup.  202-450-4800.

Starbucks 8th Street – Open 6:00am – 8:00pm for grab and go.  202-544-7913.

*Starbucks 3rd Street – Open 6:00am – 6:00pm for grab and go. · 202-544-9783.

*Sushi Hachi – Open 11:30am – 9:30am for curbside pickup and delivery.  202-640-1881.

*Sweetgreen – Open 10:30am – 9:00pm for curbside pickup.  On-line http://bit.ly/2J0h7Pd

*Szechuan House – Open 10:30am – 10:00pm for take out and delivery.  202-546-5303

*Taco City – Open 11:00am – 8:00pm. 202-629-4012.

*The Pursuit Wine Bar & Kitchen – Open 4:00pm – 9:00pm for carryout.  202 609-7420

The Queen Vic – Open 5:30pm – 8:30pm (hours may vary) for carryout.  202- 396-2001.

*Trattoria Alberto – Open 5:00pm – 9:30pm for carryout.  202-544-2007.

*Ted’s Bulletin – Open 7:30am – 8:00pm for carryout and delivery. 202-544-8337.

Tortilla Café – Open 9:00am – 8:00pm for takeout and delivery.  202-547-5700.

*Torai Sushi – Open 11:00am – 9:00pm for carryout.  202-525-2053.

*Tune Inn – Open 8:00am – 10:00pm for carryout food and booze.  202-543-2725.

Tunicliff’s – Open 11:00am – 10:45pm for takeout.  202-544-5680.

*Ugly Mug/Valor – Open 11:00am – 11:00pm for carry out. 202-547-8459/202-547-8459.

*We the People – Open 11:00am – 10:00pm for carryout and delivery.  202-544-4008.

7th Street Hill Café – Open 7:00am – 2:00pm for grab-and-go.  202-544-7770.

& Pizza – 11:00am – 11:00pm for takeout.  202-558-7549.

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Hill Restaurant Group Closes Restaurants – Issues Apology – Hopes to Reopen

Hill Restaurant Group Closes Restaurants – Issues Apology – Hopes to Reopen

By Larry Janezich

The following statement was posted this afternoon on the Hill Restaurant Group Homepage:

“To all our valued and loyal customers,

Due to the restrictions set forth by the Mayor’s Office, it has made it impossible for us to continue to stay open for business so we will be closing all of our restaurants to reevaluate our situation. We apologize for the post on district industry- it was not meant to be selfish. We just felt is was unfair for the Mayors office to mandate such hash (sic) restrictions without any notice or consultation with business owners. We reached out to the Mayor’s office to voice our concern on the implications that it would have on the restaurant industry in hopes that she would rethink and maybe come up with more tenable rules and regulations to protect the public and be able to continue to do business and have received no response. We, as a group, have gone to extreme measures to try to make our establishments as safe as possible. Hill Restaurant Group employs 150 people and we were already struggling to keep everyone employed and now with the new restrictions, this has become impossible. We do take the current situation very seriously and will try and reopen in the near future. We do hope this comes to an end as soon as possible and wish for the health and safety of everyone.”

Earlier, Tom Johnson, the managing partner of Hill Restaurant Group, told the Washington Post in regard to the restrictions placed on the industry, “I have to start letting people go. I don’t have the wherewithal to pay them,” Johnson said. “It’s literally going to put me out of business. I’m going to go bankrupt.”

The group comprises seven restaurants on or near Capitol Hill: Hawk ‘n’ Dove, Finn McCool’s, Lola’s, Orchid, Tortuga, Willie’s and Ophelia’s Fish House.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/coronavirus-dc-maryland-virginia/2020/03/16/2362519a-6777-11ea-abef-020f086a3fab_story.html

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Mayor Forces Defiant Hill Restaurant Group’s Compliance with New Restrictions

Hill Restaurant Group’s flagship restaurant, the Hawk ‘n’ Dove

Mayor Forces Defiant Hill Restaurant Group’s Compliance with New Restrictions

By Larry Janezich

On Sunday, Tom Johnson, managing partner of the Hill Restaurant Group, issued a statement defying the Mayor’s order restricting operations of bars, restaurants and nightclubs (see below). The group comprises seven restaurants on or near Capitol Hill: Hawk ‘n’ Dove, Finn McCool’s, Lola’s, Orchid, Tortuga, Willie’s and Ophelia’s Fish House. On Monday morning, Mayor Bowser personally called out the restaurant group, leading to a hasty retreat.

DC Health Advisory says restaurants and bars “must” limit occupancy to 250, suspend bar seating, suspend service to standing patrons, and limit occupancy to tables and booths six feet apart.

This morning, the Mayor responded personally and directly by tweet, as follows:

“Hill Restaurant Group —

While I recognize that all of us have been stressed beyond our immediate understanding of how coronavirus has so quickly upended our daily lives and personal and business existence — you must comply with the DC Health notice.

We all have an obligation to do our part to contain the spread of this global pandemic and get to the business of recovery as soon as possible.

Until then, your compliance is required, and we will exercise the full force of our MPD, FEMS, DC Health and ABRA……and the emergency authority to achieve it.

Meanwhile, I hope your patrons will encourage you to modify your operations at the soonest, to consider grab & go and delivery options in your food serving establishments……and to stick with you until our city comes out on the other side of this pandemic. We’ll all get through this together.”

Johnson’s statement, on behalf of the Hill Restaurant group, first reported by Jessica Sidman of Washingtonian, is as follows:

“The safety and comfort of our patrons has and always will be a top concern for us at our Hill Restaurant Group restaurants.  Our staff has been trained to maintain even stricter precautions to protect our guests.  In light of recent developments, all Hill Restaurant Group restaurants will continue to operate as normal and we encourage our fellow industry folks to do the same.  We understand the gravity of effects that the Corona Virus (sic) has or will have on our community especially the hospitality industry.  However, we will not bow to pressure from the Mayor’s Office or any group for that matter who covertly is attempting to shut us down.  We fully support our employees and our patrons.  It is not our burden to bear nor is it out staff’s burden to bear. – Hill Restaurant Group”

After the Mayor’s tweet, Johnson said he would comply by closing half his restaurants and laying off staff, according to reporter Fenit Nirappil of the Washington Post.

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The Week Ahead…& Virus Closes a Capitol Hill Daycare/New Rules for Bars & Restaurants, Etc.

 

This was the scene at Eastern Market on Saturday afternoon after craft vendors received a directive from Keith A. Anderson, Director of DGS: ”…out of an abundance of caution, the Department of General Services (DGS) is cancelling the Eastern Market Outdoor Weekend Crafts Market, effective immediately. However, so that residents can continue to purchase fresh food, the indoor merchants and the Eastern Market Farmers Market will remain open.”

Meanwhile, it was business as usual for the weekend flea markets run by Carole Wright (Saturday) and Michael Berman (Sunday) on C Street, though Berman was not allowed to set up on 7th Street on Sunday.

The Week Ahead…& Virus Closes a Capitol Hill Daycare/New Rules for Bars & Restaurants, Etc.

By Larry Janezich

The Washington Post reported this afternoon in a piece by Erin Cox that a Capitol Hill daycare will close after a parent reported infection. 

STEM Preschool Capitol Hill, in the Hine Project at 8th and D Street, SE, will close for at least a week starting Monday.  A parent reported by email from an anonymous account that s/he had a “mild case” of coronavirus.  Parents were advised to monitor their children for symptoms.  According to the email, the parent was in contact with children, staff, and other parents this week, and that the parent’s child was not currently showing symptoms.

The story was posted in WaPo live local updates section at 1:02pm, here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/dc-md-va/2020/03/15/coronavirus-dc-maryland-virginia-updates/

DC Health Department issues rules for restaurants and taverns and closes nightclubs.

Posted on DC’s coronavirus website on Sunday, March 15, 2020, under “News”:

“(Washington, DC) This notice clarifies the actions restaurants, taverns, nightclubs, and multi-purpose facilities must take to comply with the District of Columbia Department of Health’s (DC Health) Emergency Rulemaking to Prohibit Mass Gatherings effective March 13, 2020.

Restaurants and taverns licensed in the District of Columbia are approved with various configurations, floor plans, and occupancy limits. To comply with DC Health’s prohibition of mass gatherings and achieve the public health goals of social distancing, restaurants and taverns shall:

Ensure that no more two hundred and fifty (250) people are present in the space at the same time

Suspend the use of bar seating

Suspend service to standing patrons

Limit individual table seating to six (6) persons or less

Ensure that tables (including booths) that are occupied by patrons are separated by at least six (6) feet of distance

Venues licensed as nightclubs and multi-purpose facilities in the District of Columbia must suspend operations to comply with the Emergency Rulemaking to Prohibit Mass Gatherings.”

For more information on the District’s response, visit https://coronavirus.dc.gov/

Revised store hours for all Trader Joe’s locations.

From a notice posed on its website on March 14, 2020:

“Beginning Monday, March 16th and until further notice, all Trader Joe’s stores will be open from 9:00am until 7:00pm to support our Crew Members in taking care of one another and our customers.”

Lavagna closing owing to coronavirus.

According to an email distributed by the restaurant, Lavagna is temporarily closed due to coronavirus.

“The health and safety of our guests and staff are our biggest concern, so we’ve decided to close the restaurant temporarily.

We hope that all of our guests practice conscious social distancing, and stay healthy!

We’ll see you soon!”

The Week Ahead…

Monday, March 16

The ANC6A Transportation & Public Space Committee meeting has been canceled.

Tuesday, March 17

The March 17, 2020 meeting of the ANC6A Alcohol Beverage Licensing Committee meeting has been canceled due to lack of business items.

Wednesday, March 18

The March 18, 2019 of the ANC6A Economic Development and Zoning Committee meeting has been canceled due to lack of business items.

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