On Tuesday, March 24, 2020, Mayor Muriel Bowser declared the closure of all non-essential businesses and prohibiting gatherings of 10 or more people, effective from March 25 at 10:00 PM through April 24, 2020. Non-essential businesses include tour guides and touring services; gyms, health clubs, spas, and massage establishments; theaters, auditoriums, and other places of large gatherings; nightclubs; hair, nail, and tanning salons and barbershops; tattoo parlors; sales not involved in essential services; retail clothing stores; and professional services not devoted to assisting essential business operations.
Commercial and residential construction, ad the suppliers were fundamentally exempted from the closure order. .
On March 30, Washington DC followed both Virginia and Maryland requiring individuals to stay at home if they are not engaged traveling to work for and engaging in activity for Essential Businesses. The March 30 order continued the March 24 order’s listing of numerous construction trades as Essential Businesses, enabling construction work to continue.