DC Orders Closure of Non-Essential Businesses
 

DC Orders Closure of Non-Essential Businesses

DC orders closure of non-essential businesses

 

Mayor Bowser has announced that as of 10 PM today Wednesday, March 25, all non-essential businesses in the District of Columbia are to close. This affects all businesses with a facility in Washington, DC.

The closures are based on CISA Guidance but the Mayor’s order also offers some clarifications important to our members:

  • All businesses are encouraged to maintain telework operations
  • All businesses shall take all reasonable steps necessary for employees to work remotely
  • Financial services including banks, credit unions and related financial services are considered essential
  • Professional services, including accounting and tax preparation, are considered essential only when necessary to assist with compliance with legally mandated activities, essential business, or essential government functions

 

However, even non-essential business are allowed to enter facilities in order to maintain Minimum Basic Operations, which means:

  • To process payroll and employee benefits,
  • To maintain value of inventory,
  • To ensure security;
  • To do the minimum necessary to maintain the infrastructure to allow telework,
  • To disinfect, and
  • To supervise employees or contractors providing essential maintenance.

 

Link to CISA Guidance

https://www.cisa.gov/publication/guidance-essential-critical-infrastructure-workforce

 

Link to Bowser’s order

https://coronavirus.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mayormb/release_content/attachments/Mayor%27s%20Order%202020-053%20Closure%20of%20Non-Essential%20Businesses%20and%20Prohibiti....pdf