COUNCIL OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2020
COVID-19 EMERGENCY ACT PASSES
This afternoon, The Council of the District of Columba approved, “COVID-19 RESPONSE EMERGENCY AMENDMENT ACT OF 2020.” The Act provides several measures that assist residents, businesses, and organizations during this pandemic.
What the Emergency Act does:
- Extends employment protections under DC Family Medical Leave Act.
- Extends the March 31 real property tax for hotels to June 30, 2020 and allows other businesses to defer February and March sales taxes to July 20, 2020.
- Creates small business grant program, including grants to non-profits and independent contractors (if they do not qualify for Unemployment Insurance).
- Allows for pick up or delivery of beer and wine (in a sealed container) to be consumed in the home from a restaurant if ordered with food.
- Extends time for filing of biennial corporate filing.
- Expands authorities for the Mayor under the Public Emergency Act.
- Provides DISB flexibility for health insurance and matters regulated by DISB.
- Extends public benefit programs such as Alliance, TANF, and SNAP.
- Limits price gouging and stockpiling.
- Prohibits utility companies from shutting off service.
- Prohibits eviction of residential and non-residential tenants.
- Prohibits housing providers from charging a late fee during emergency.
- Allows for prescription drug refills before end of waiting period.
- Extends licenses and registration deadlines (DMV, professional licenses, etc.).
- Homeless Services Reform Act contingency provisions.
- Extends Tenant Opportunity to Purchase OPA deadline and prohibit landlords from charging late fees.
- Allows Department of Corrections discretion for awarding additional good time credits for those sentenced for misdemeanors, consistent with public safety.
- Provides DCPS Summer school calendar flexibility.
- Clarifies schools’ attendance reporting during emergency.
- Allows ANCs to meet less than 9 times per year and may do so remotely.
- Suspends meetings of other boards and commissions.
- Extends FOIA deadlines.
- Allows flexibility of the Open Meetings Act when remotely meeting.
- Extends Budget Submission Requirements to a May 6, 2020 deadline.
- Allows for Council to meet virtually.
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