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DC Homeland Security Emergency Management Agency Waiver Process for Exemption to Business Closure

To mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-053 requiring the temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses. The Order is effective March 25, 2020, at 10:00 p.m., through April 24, 2020.

Any business that does not fall within a category listed as Essential Businesses in the Mayor’s Order, but which provides goods or services necessary to maintain operations at an Essential Business should apply for a waiver.

Businesses that have requested a waiver should comply with the Mayor’s Order and suspend in-person operations until a waiver is approved and provided.

Waiver requests should demonstrate justification that the on-site operation of the business is necessary to the business activity of an essential business.

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