Below you’ll find our DC Edition of our COVID-19 Financial Guidance for Employers Across the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region.
We assist employers across DMV with their financial strategy navigating COVID-19 challenges and we hope that this DC Employers COVID-19 Financial Guidance helps. Please don’t hesitate to schedule time with us so we can best advise you on what are the best financial actions we can take to assist your business. Below you’ll find a DC-specific summary of the available funding, tax relief, and more. We’ve consolidated and are regularly updating a PDF of resources where you’ll find some additional highlights tracking actions the government is taking to support small businesses across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Contact us if there are any other ways we can be of support.
- DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants – $25 million fund will offer grants to small, local businesses, independent contractors, self-employed individuals, and nonprofits to meet their short-term financial needs. The grant can cover employee wages and benefits (including fringe benefits associated with employment, such as health insurance), accounts payable, fixed costs, inventory, rent, and utilities. Learn more. Application Deadline: 6 pm Tuesday, March 31 Small Businesses, Independent Contractors, & Self-Employed Apply Here
- U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Funding – Economic Injury Disaster Loan Assistance – Low-interest loans to companies affected by the outbreak. Go here to apply. General SBA guidance for businesses can be found here. If you need additional help navigating the SBA process, the DC Chamber of Commerce is also available to help. SBA’s Customer Service Center: Contact 1-800-659-2955 (Hours: 7 am-9 pm every day) Email: email@example.com for help in completing their online application.
- DC Pushes Tax Filing Deadlines to July 15, Matches Federal Extension. No interest or penalty for late payments will be imposed if 2019 tax payments are made by July 15, 2020. The Office of Tax and Revenue (OTR) encourages taxpayers who are able to file their returns electronically to do so. OTR is continuing to process tax returns online and answer calls at (202) 727-4TAX (4829), Monday through Friday from 8:15 am to 5:30 pm. The OTR Online portal is at mytax.dc.gov.
- Federal Tax Filing Deadline – July 15. Learn more.
Employer & Worker Resources
- White House Coronavirus Guidelines issued March 16, 2020: On March 16, the White House released guidelines calling for people to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people, and work from home whenever possible.
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention Guidance for Employers: The Centers for Disease Control has issued guidance for businesses and employers on how to plan, prepare, and respond to COVID-19.
- OSHA’s Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19: The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has developed guidelines for how companies can prepare their workplace for COVID-19. Please see their COVID-19 Website for more information.
- Department of Labor Guidance on COVID-19 & Wages & Hours: Department of Labor provides information on issues related to COVID-19 and the effects on wages and hours worked under the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Family & Medical Leave Act.
- Business Registration & Permitting: For business registration and permitting, it is strongly encouraged that you continue to #SkipTheTrip and use the digital tools provided at DCRA’s website. For questions, please contact the DC Department of Consumer & Regulatory Affairs at (202) 442-4400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Report price gouging: immediate markup on goods and anything more than a 10% increase in services from the 90-day average.
- DC Medical Insurance – Response to COVID-19 The DISB Commissioner Order 01-2020 remains in effect through the duration of the COVID-19 public health emergency. For all insurance-related questions regarding coronavirus, please contact the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) at (202) 727-8000 or email@example.com
- Utility Disconnections Prohibited: The COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 passed on March 17, 2020 prohibits electric, gas, and water from being disconnected for non-payment for the period of time while the Mayor has declared a public health emergency.
- Pepco is waiving new late fees and suspending service disconnections through at least May 1 and will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options. Customers who may be challenged in paying their Pepco bill should contact Pepco Customer Care at 202-833-7500.
- Washington Gas is waiving late fees and suspending service disconnections. Please contact Washington Gas at 1-844-WASHGAS (927-4427) or visit their E-Service portal at eservice.washgas.com for assistance.
- DC Water has already suspended service disconnections for non-payment and is also waiving late fees and offering more lenient repayment terms for customers who fall behind on their bills. For assistance, please contact DC Water at 202-787-2000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Restaurants, Bars, & Entertainment Facilities
- Mass Gatherings: On March 24, in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, Mayor Bowser issued an order that requires temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses and prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people.
- Restaurants & Taverns: Through April 24, restaurants, cafes, coffee/tea shops, bars, and other foodservice locations offering only delivery, grab-and-go, and carryout can stay open.
- Retail Establishments: Grocery stores and certain retail establishments may remain open. See the Mayor’s order for additional information.
- Nightclubs, Multi-Purpose Facilities, Health Clubs, Health Spas, Massage Establishments, and Theaters: Such establishments must suspend operations as of March 17, 2020.
- Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA): Check ABRA websites for updates.
- Alcohol Delivery: ABC-licensed restaurants and taverns are able to sell beer, wine, and spirits for carry-out and/or delivery to DC residences in conjunction with the purchase of one or more prepared food items. Before an eligible restaurant or tavern may sell beer, wine, and spirits in closed containers for carry-out and delivery, they must register with ABRA—no exceptions. Registration can be completed in five (5) minutes or less.
Additional DC Employers COVID-19 Financial Guidance & Updates Available
We understand the whirlwind of resources and updates are enough to make heads spin. To help you stay informed and keep track of the numerous federal, state, and local government financial resources, we have curated key links and information that we would like to share with you. We’ve consolidated a PDF of resources where you’ll find some additional highlights tracking actions the government is taking to support small businesses across DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Again, it is best to schedule time with us versus trying to call or email. Many businesses are in need right now and we are doing everything we can to assist as quickly as possible.