Dear DCBIA Community,
We are sharing with you a summary of yesterday's Mayor's Order on Essential Businesses. Please let us know if you are unsure if your business falls in the essential or non-essential as we are compiling a list to bring to the attention of the Mayor. As of right now, if you are not specifically mentioned you should err on the side of caution and protecting the public health.
Today, DCRA held a virtual town hall in response to their need to close their in-person services. On this call, DCRA received a number of questions and will be sharing a comprehensive FAQ as soon as it's ready.
A few initial takeaways from the call:
It's clearly been a tough few weeks and the longer this outbreak lasts and impacts our daily lives, the more questions we all have. We are all in this together! DCBIA Executive Committee member Richard Lake put it this way today in the Washington Business Journal:
“Building owners are not designed to have all their income evaporate either,” said Richard Lake, founding principal of Roadside Development LLC. “Landlords need to help tenants and banks need to help owners. We all need to think about this as if we’re in it together. If everyone is thinking about their own, narrow interests, we will make a difficult problem much, much worse than it ever had to be.”
I can't agree more. We are focused on our health and our future. The city continues to do its best to respond to this evolving outbreak. DCBIA will also continue to encourage healthy and safe protocols while development projects remain open.
See below for more updates including summaries of the historic federal relief package on its way to a Senate vote.
Take care of yourself and each other.
Chief Executive Officer
To View the full alert: March 25, 2020 - DCBIA Alert