Monday, April 06, 2020

Ward 5 CM McDuffie Coronavirus response: Council to pass additional coronavirus response emergency legislation and more

From: Councilmember Kenyan R. McDuffie <>
Sent: Monday, April 6, 2020 9:22 PM
Subject: April 1 Coronavirus Response - Council to pass additional coronavirus response emergency legislation and more

Below are today's updates on the District's response to the coronavirus pandemic. For the latest and most comprehensive information always visit

First Virtual DC Council Legislative Meeting on Tuesday, April 7

Members of the public are invited to virtually join the Council’s April 7th Legislative Meeting which is scheduled to begin at 10 am. The agenda is available here. Here are a number of ways you can watch:
  • Join the Zoom call. Register in advance for this webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
  • Watch the meeting on the DC Council cable channel (channel 13 on most systems).***
  • Watch the Facebook Live feed.
  • Watch live on the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment website.***
***[Closed captioning available]

Council to Vote on Additional COVID-19 Response Emergency Legislation

On Tuesday, April 7, the Council will consider the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, the Council's second emergency legislation in response to the coronavirus. The measure touches a lot of policy areas and was built through consensus on the Council. Among other provisions, it supports CBE contracting during the public health emergency, expands utility shut-off prohibitions to include cable and telecommunications, and requires commercial and residential mortgage servicers to defer mortgage payments for property owners experiencing hardship as a result of COVID-19.

Congresswoman Norton Letter to BOP on Hope Village

This week Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton released a letter she sent to the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP), Michael Carvajal, again asking BOP to investigate conditions at Hope Village, the men’s halfway house in the District of Columbia, after learning a that two residents died there in the last three days. Norton also called on BOP to release as many residents from Hope Village as possible and as would be safe for the residents and the community.

WMATA Updates Closing Hours

As part of its ongoing efforts to limit frontline transit workers’ exposure to the public during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency, WMATA’s Pandemic Task Force will further reduce rail and bus hours, starting Monday, April 6, 2020. Metrorail will close at 9 pm every day, while opening at 5 am Monday through Friday and 8 am on Saturday and Sunday.

Metrobus service also will end earlier each day, with the last trips departing at or before 11 p.m. Buses that enter service at or before 11 p.m. will continue to the end of the route before going out of service.

Tips for Using Non-Medical Masks or Face Coverings

CDC recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain (e.g., grocery stores and pharmacies), especially in areas of significant community-based transmission.

CDC also advises the use of simple cloth face coverings to slow the spread of the virus and help people who may have the virus and do not know it from transmitting it to others.  Cloth face coverings fashioned from household items or made at home from common materials at low cost can be used as an additional, voluntary public health measure.


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