We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease) outbreak and its effect on Washington, DC. The following information is designed to help DC businesses as they navigate global health updates, public safety concerns, remote working and telecommuting, and more.
We encourage you to stay up to date with these organizations.
WDCEP has developed a policy regarding COVID-19 that reflects practices that have emerged from CDC recommendations and across the business community. Our top priority is the safety of our staff, partners, and visitors. WDCEP has moved to a telework environment effective Friday, March 13, 2020. This telework policy promotes social distancing in order to help slow the spread of COVID-19. All employees are reachable by email, which is found on our website.
We are committed to maintaining business continuity, and we are taking the necessary steps to ensure that we remain productive and responsive throughout this situation.
For Small Businesses
We’ve assembled an online resource guide to help businesses navigate the financial resources available as a result of COVID-19.
The COVID-19 outbreak has presented many challenges for people across the District. WDCEP has developed a list of resources for independent contractors and those who may be unemployed due to COVID-19 or are seeking additional assistance.
How You Can help
Looking for ways to get involved and support your community? WDCEP assembled a list of resources to help you support communities that have been impacted the most by COVID-19.
DC Stories: Business Resilience
How are District businesses adapting to the pandemic’s constraints and economic landscape?
DC Doing Business Guide
Whether you are applying for grants or trying to pivot your business model, the DC Doing Business Guide offers guidance to make sure you are in compliance with the District’s regulations and provides resources to help your business innovate.
How You Can Help
DC Virtual Tip Jar
Overview: This service industry “Virtual Tip Jar” lists the best way to tip and support service industry workers from establishments across the District.
Support DC Businesses
Overview: This website compiles an ever-growing list of District businesses that have made gift cards or online shopping available for purchase.
Educated Eats Coronavirus Worker Relief Fund
Overview: Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington’s Education Foundation, Educated Eats, has partnered with Hook Hall Helps to receive and distribute donations for hospitality industry workers. All donations are tax deductible.
Hook Hall Helps
Overview: Neighborhood bar and gathering place, Hook Hall, shifted gears with the onset of the pandemic to provide support and relief for District hospitality workers. The initiative, Hook Hall Helps, is looking for volunteers, financial donations, and pro bono support for various programs they are running to help these workers.
East Of The River Mutual Aid Fund
Overview: Black Lives Matter DC is collecting financial contributions to purchase and distribute material resources such as personal hygiene bags, water, and toilet paper to underserved neighbors and communities in Wards 7 and 8.