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“Dear PoPville,

I work for a nonprofit organization (not ready to name names quite yet). We were very slow to address the Coronavirus situation, and staff members were even mocked when we asked about what our policies on the virus were in early March. We did not switch to a WFH policy until March 17, and that was only because WMATA limited Metro use to essential employees.

Our office still remains open. Our COO is there every day, and she is asking that we all take turns coming into the office at least once a week.

I do understand that some offices need to operate on a skeleton crew to maintain basic operations. However, aside from getting mail, checking on the building, and some basic finance functions, there is no reason for any of us to be putting ourselves at risk by coming into work. Our jobs can be done remotely and there is NOTHING essential about us.

Our office is directly and knowingly ignoring D.C.’s closure policy. While Mayor Bowser’s order specifies what the consequences are for remaining open, it does not include information on who to contact to report a violation.

Does anyone have any ideas on where to go to report this?”

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