Coronavirus Update: DC Declares a State of Emergency

The coronavirus situation is rapidly evolving. The leadership of the Federal City Council has been in regular communication with Mayor Bowser and her administration on the District’s COVID-19 response. We want to make sure that you have the information that we have that may be relevant to you and your organizations.

All new information from the District of Columbia will be posted to the news section of DC’s Business Emergency Management Operations Center (BEMOC) released a statement this morning on the latest developments, which is posted below.

At the Federal City Council, we are listening to health experts and government authorities. We are ready to support the District of Columbia as needed. If you have questions that cannot be answered by the information provided online, we would be happy to seek a response on your behalf.

The most important thing our community can do now is try to help flatten the infection curve and slow the spread of the coronavirus. We are ready to do our part.

Statement from DC’s Business Emergency Management Operations Center (BEMOC):

Yesterday, Mayor Bowser issued a Declaration of Public Emergency in response to several presumptive and confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Washington, DC and the National Capitol Region. Mayor Bowser also extended the Public Health Emergency for another fifteen (15) days. Both declarations are attached. The Emergency Operations Center and BEMOC continue to be activated at an enhanced posture, supporting DC Health and their response to COVID-19. As of March 11th there are 10 confirmed cases in the District.

DC Health is recommending that event organizers postpone or cancel mass gatherings with more than 1,000 attendees, in effect through March 31. Please consider how this may impact upcoming conferences, meetings, or other events.

Additionally, the declaration stressed DC Code 28-4102. Overcharging which prohibits persons to charge more than the normal average retail price for any merchandise or services sold during a state of emergency.

Please visit for up to date information on the District’s response to COVID-19.