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:

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

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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