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No In-Person Halloween Gatherings in Georgetown

October 25, 2020

Consistent with guidance from the DC Health Department, there will be no in-person Halloween gatherings in the Georgetown commercial district this year.


“The only masks we want to see this month are ones that prevent the spread of COVID,” said Joe Sternlieb, President & CEO of the Georgetown BID. “There are many alternative ways to still celebrate Halloween – both virtually and in spirit – but there are no in-person Halloween activities or events supported in Georgetown this year.

Decorations by Nancy Taylor-Bubes at Washington Harbour (Photo by: The Washington Harbour) Decorations by Nancy Taylor-Bubes at Washington Harbour

“Public health and safety is our number one priority, and large groups may not gather at this time. If you’d still like to celebrate Halloween, Dumbarton House is hosting a virtual Spirits of Georgetown tour, you can get takeout from a Georgetown restaurant and watch The Exorcist from your couch, or visit Georgetown earlier in the month to view the Halloween decorations at Washington Harbour.”


Most Georgetown restaurants and shops will still be open on Halloween. Visit georgetowndc.com for a full business directory.


For more information on Halloween in the District, visit DC Health’s Halloween Guidance.

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DC Invests in Winter Ready Streatery

September 23, 2020

Mayor Muriel Bowser announced Wednesday the investment of $4 million through the new Streatery Winter Ready Grant program to assist restaurants as they winterize their outdoor dining areas and maintain outdoor dining operations through the colder months. 


The Mayor’s Office of Nightlife & Culture (MONC), along with the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), will provide grant recipients with $6,000 to purchase winterization materials such as tents, heaters, propane, lighting, furniture, advertising cost, and more. Businesses can apply starting Monday, September 21, by visiting coronavirus.dc.gov/recovery-business.


“Businesses have been reimagining their outdoor spaces to increase seating capacity, and we have been working throughout the pandemic to cut red tape and provide funding to support this hard-hit industry,” said Mayor Bowser. “The Streatery Winter Ready Grant program will keep our outdoor spaces open and more employees at work. We encourage residents to continue supporting local restaurants through both in-person and take-out/delivery options.”


While the application deadline is October 31, 2020, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the funds are exhausted. As of September 18, 2020, the District has approved 594 temporary outdoor dining permits (streateries), including 473 restaurants with new or expanded outdoor dining on public space, 20 retailers, 5 plazas, and 4 alleys. 


The District currently has 435 Summer Gardens.“As nightlife operators and employees continue to be severely impacted by a global pandemic, we continue to identify ways that District Government can provide short-term and long-term relief to the industry,” said Shawn Townsend, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Nightlife and Culture. “We remain steadfast in identifying ways that assistance can be provided. I appreciate the efforts across District agencies to allow us to offer the Streatery Winter Ready Grant Program and additional relief opportunities.”


“DC residents and businesses are resilient, and Mayor Bowser has directed us to do all that we can to support residents and businesses weather the pandemic. The Streatery Winter Ready Grant program allows us to help them do just that – literally,” said John Falcicchio, Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. “We know that our local businesses are not going to let weather be a barrier to serving customers in the way that is safe and enjoyable.”


In addition to the Streatery Winter Ready Grant, the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs and DC Fire and Emergency Medical Services will be temporarily waiving fees for food retailers to obtain tent and propane permits.


Mayor Bowser also announced that the District’s current insurance requirements for Sidewalk Cafes, Streateries, and Parklets will be extended through January 1, 2022. The Office of Risk Management’s (ORM) new insurance requirements for outdoor cafes and retail businesses were originally slated to go into effect on January 1, 2021. To find updated outdoor dining insurance requirements, visit here.


“The number one priority for restaurateurs has been the combined safety of their employees and customers. They know that everyone’s comfort level is slightly different when it comes to supporting their local restaurants, and this additional relief will help businesses offset costs and extend outdoor service as we work our way through colder months,” said Kathy Hollinger, President and CEO of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW).

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CAG Annual Meeting Sept. 22

September 21, 2020

Join the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG) Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:30 pm for their annual meeting, and get an update on what’s going on in Georgetown and where things are headed.


The event will be about an hour. Both Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ward 2 Council Member Brooke Pinto will give taped presentations.  The Mayor will be answering questions that were submitted. 


You will hear from Public Safety and Trees and other CAG Committees. 


Access the meeting using the following link. https://vimeo.com/459385977.


*Please note, this link will not be active until 6:30 PM on Tuesday.*

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