What A State Of Emergency In D.C. Means For You

March 11, 2020
D.C. mayor has declared a State of Emergency.

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As concerns for public safety highten due to the coronavirus outbreak, several precautions have been taken to minimize health risks in D.C.

Following the announcement of the first confirmed case of coronavirus in the city, DC Health made a recommendation for the cancellation or postponing of non-essential mass gatherings.

Later Mayor Muriel Bowser declared an official state of emergency on Wednesday evening, which was made effective immediately.

 But what does this mean for you?

Since the spread of COVID-19 has become a public health emergency of international concern, the declaration of a public health emergency in D.C. simply means that the city's government is now enacting in emergency protective actions to help contain it.

Mayor Bowser, along with DC Health and Homeland Security and Emergency Agency, now has the ability to impliment "any measures as may be necessary to protect persons and property in the District of Columbia from the impacts of COVID-19," according to the order.

These measures could include anything from requesting federal disaster assistance to requiring medical quarantine of anyone who is believed to have been affected by the virus.

Mayor Bowser also holds the ablility to designate potential quarantine sites and designate temporary closures, if necessary, for public venues as well as UDC, and DCPS and DC public charter schools.

Businesses and other organizations that host large events should look out for guidance from the Mayor's office and Department of Health regarding safe operation during this time.

Updates regarding the virus will still be hosted on coronavirus.dc.com.

To view the full Declaration of Public Health Emergency click here.

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