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Phase Two | Reopen DC

The below guidance is current as of March 22, 2021, and reflects key provisions included in recently issued Mayor’s Orders and ABC Board emergency rulemakings.

Indoor Dining

  • Alcohol establishments are permitted indoor dining with a capacity limited to 25 percent of the lowest number included on their Certificate of Occupancy between 6:00 a.m. - 12:00 a.m., daily   

Alcohol Carry-Out and Delivery

  • Licensees may sell alcohol for carry-out and delivery from their licensed premises and up to two (2) pop-up locations between 6:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m., daily.
  • Alcohol must be sold with at least one (1) prepared food item.
  • Registration with ABRA is required.

Outdoor Dining

  • Outdoor dining on licensed sidewalk cafes and summer gardens, and on new and expanded outdoor dining space is permitted between 6:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m., daily.  Registration with ABRA is required for new and expanded outdoor seating.
  • Alcohol service and on-premises consumption is limited to 6:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m., daily. 
  • There is no capacity maximum but all Phase Two guidelines, including spacing requirements, must be adhered to.

General Dining Requirements

  • Physical Distancing
    • All patrons must be seated. Parties are limited to six (6) persons per table and tables must be at least six (6) feet apart.
    • Patrons may be seated at bars. Parties must be at least six (6) feet apart from one another. No standing at bars is allowed.
    • Communal tables may be used if parties are seated at least six (6) feet apart from one another and divisions are clearly marked.
    • Bartenders may not staff or utilize bars where patrons are seated.
  • Structures
    • Outdoor dining structures, tents, or canopies that are intended to seat more than one party are permitted to be used with up to two (2) side flaps or walls.
    • Outdoor structures intended to only seat one party, including single- party igloos, are also permitted.
    • Streateries and parklets may operate regardless of the outdoor temperature except for during a snow emergency.
  • Reservations
    • Establishments are required to implement a reservation system to mitigate concentrated crowding. Reservations may be done online, by phone, or in-person—or a combination of all three.
    • Contact information for at least one (1) person of each party should be collected to assist with contact tracing by DC Health as needed.
  • Food
    • A food menu with at least three (3) prepared food options must be made available during operating hours. At least one (1) prepared food item per table must be purchased for on-premises dining and/or per order for carry-out and delivery.
    • Licensees may partner with food operators.
    • Self-service buffets and “BYOB” are prohibited.
  • Music and Live Entertainment
    • Live entertainment is prohibited, including vocalists, musical ensembles, trivia, drag shows, DJs, bingo, and emcees.
    • Activities that require patrons to be in close proximity to one another are prohibited, including bowling, darts, pool, and games of skill.
    • Background and recorded music may be played at a conversational level. Live music and entertainment is prohibited.
  • Face Masks and Coverings
    • All employees, including kitchen staff, must always wear a face mask or covering.
    • Patrons must wear face masks or coverings except for when actively eating or drinking.

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