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



Link to Bowser’s order