Mayor Bowser’s Situational Update – New RPP Fees – Parking Enforcement Resumes
by Larry Janezich
Mayor Bowser delivered a Situational Update today. Here’s a link to the Mayor’s PowerPoint presentation: https://bit.ly/32u49CY
Here’s a bullet point takeaway of the most important info:
- 30% DC residents are fully or partially vaccinated.
- 7% have been partly vaccinated.
- Homebound residents can now call 1 – 855-363-0333 to register for an at-home COVIC-19 appointment. These appointments will begin on Monday, April 26.
Restarting Enforcement – June 1
- All parking enforcement.
- Towing of vehicles violating parking zones including appropriate fines.
- Street sweeping and SWEEP enforcement.
- Vehicles must display valid DC registration and inspection stickers.
- DMV is scheduling expanded appointments for vehicle inspections beginning today.
- The New Tiered Residential Parking Permit fee increases.
- The new tiered Residential Parking Permit will involve an increase in fees and several tiers..
- After June 1, fees for a RPP will increase to $50 for the first car associated with a household.
- 2nd car will be $75.
- 3rd car will be $100.
- $150 for any other car over 3.
- For those over 65, the fee will increase from $25 to $35 for the first vehicle.
Restarting enforcement – July 1
- All DC driver license and ID Card holders must display a valid credential.
- Renewal applications accepted for occupational and professional licenses.
- DC medical cannabis program patient or caregiver registration cared must have a valid expiration date.
- Booting of vehicles with two or more unsatisfied tickets that are 60 days old.
Expanded Library Operations start May 3
- DC Public Library will add Saturday hours at its open locations.
- The Deanwood and SE Libraries will begin providing limited in-person services.
- Operating hours will be Monday through Saturday, 10:00am – 6:00pm.
- The New SW Library will open May 6.
Free Test Yourself at Home COVID-19 Tests
- Mayor Bowser announced the Test Yourself DC, offering at-home COVID-19 testing kits at locations around the District. The program offers the option to either take a COVID-19 test onsite at one of the 16 locations or to drop off their test sample at the closest DC Library drop box at no cost.
- Approximately 8,000 Test Yourself DC kits will be available every week, and each site will be limited to 100-200 test kits per day. Individuals interested in participating can find a location at https://coronavirus.dc.gov/testyourself – for Ward 6, it’s Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library 1630 7th Street, NW.
- Between April 19-30, testing kits locations will be open for pickups Monday to Friday between 10 am and 6 pm. Starting the week of May 3, the locations will be open for pickups Monday to Saturday between 10 am and 6 pm. Testing kits can be dropped off the locations no later than 8:00 pm seven days a week.
In the Q&A:
City Security vis a vis the Chauvin Trial
- The Mayor said HLS and the Chief of Police are coordinating preparations to keep the city secure in the aftermath of the decision in the Derek Chauvin trial. She said there is a request pending for National Guard assistance with traffic, enhanced security at Metro stations, and a quick react force that could be deployed anywhere in the city. She said that Guard personnel will not be armed, reminding that arming the Guard can only be done at the direction of the President and that had not been part of the DC request.
Students Required to Return to In-person Class next Fall
- Next fall, students will be required to return to in person classes. Any exceptions will be the subject of discussions with parents.