Reopening DC: Phase One

May 29, 2020 / Mb Staffing

This Wednesday morning, Muriel Bowser announced that the District of Columbia will begin implementing Phase One of reopening today, Friday May 29. You can read the text of the order here.

A panel of advisers called the “ReOpen D.C. Advisory Group,” convened by the mayor’s office in late April, issued recommendation for the phased reopening of the District of Columbia. Described by the Washington Business Journal as a “conservative four-phase process,” it is a series of steps that will be taken gradually as the city determines the safety of doing so. You can read the advisory group’s recommendations here.

Phase One, implemented today, allows gatherings of up to 10 people, along with limited opening of restaurants and salons and limited access to public parks. All personal safety protocols, including the wearing of masks and social distancing, remain in effect.

It is crucial to note that in phases One and Two, the mayor’s advisory group still recommends telework for office workers when possible. By the third phase, telework will still be encouraged.

Later phases will only go in to effect pending the success of the prior phases. The fourth phase would only go into effect with the arrival of a vaccine or treatment.

For some weeks, Mb Staffing has designated June 15 as our return date to work in the office. As of now that continues to be our plan. If, however, we determine that it is not yet safe to do so, we will adjust our plans accordingly.

Mb continues to follow the news closely, and will share updates as they come. In the meantime, we ask that you please continue to follow social distancing and safety guidelines. As eager as we all are to go back return to business as usual, we nonetheless need to remember to proceed with caution. Thank you for your attention.