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From a press release (via the office of CM Charles Allen):

“Today, the District of Columbia Board of Elections announced a significant effort to encourage District voters to use a mail-in ballot for the upcoming June 2 Primary Election and June 16 Ward 2 Special Election. The initiative is intended to protect residents’ health and prevent the spread of COVID-19, while ensuring that eligible residents remain able to vote, a core facet of our democracy.

“District voters can already vote by mail thanks to our low-barrier, ‘no excuse’ absentee ballot process. We’re taking a huge step forward to get a ballot into the mailbox of every District voter who asks for one while still maintaining some in-person Vote Centers. These are smart steps to protect the fundamental right to vote while adapting to unprecedented health and safety concerns,” said Councilmember Charles Allen, Chair of the Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety.

Vote-by-Mail: Current District law allows DC voters to request a mail ballot for any reason (traditionally called our “no-excuse absentee ballot”) by visiting the Board of Elections’ website or using the Vote4DC mobile application. This process is functionally a Vote-by-Mail system already in place, but the Board has never pushed this option as such. Read More

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Ed. Note: On March 20th the Mayor announced “All DC Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities, including playgrounds, parks, and athletic fields, will be closed to the public.”

Many readers report at various school playgrounds and parks around the District:

“I saw people using the field at Garrison School at R and Vermont in Logan Circle…despite the signs posted on the gates. This is a real disservice to the city which is trying to keep us safe. It’s also an astonishing act of entitled privilege as the field should be in use right now by the public school children of our community. I called 311 but they have bigger problems to solve right now. Maybe you can remind folks that there’s a public health emergency, and that’s why the fields are closed for now? Not to keep children away so they can keep their fitness routines intact?”


New sign posted by a resident at Garrison

And while Rock Creek Park is obviously open, the Exercise Trail equipment is closed: Read More

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Ed. Note: A LOT of folks were confused by this message many received on their phones last night. It was not a shelter in place order (at this time, anyway.) Seems like some officers are confused too.

“Dear PoPville,

Not sure if this is happening elsewhere in the city. We have a nanny share between our two children and one other child. Today the Nanny took the kids out for a walk around the neighborhood, like she does everyday for exercise and fresh air. Today police saw her, asked if she was going to Lincoln park, she replied no, that she was just walking around and making sure they avoid people. Police told her she can’t do that, she is not allowed to leave the house and she must go home. Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

Ed. Note: “Number of People who have Recovered: 21”

“The DC Department of Health announces a third death in the District due to coronavirus (COVID-19). The patient, a 75-year-old female, was admitted to a hospital with underlying health conditions and passed away on March 25. She tested positive for COVID-19 and was included among the District’s reporting data.

“Each of these deaths is tragic, and we continue to pray for all the families who have lost a loved one as well as all the people in our community who have been sickened or affected by COVID-19,” said Mayor Muriel Bowser. “As we continue working to blunt the curve, my message to the community is simple: Be a good neighbor, stay at home.”

As of 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 25, the District’s coronavirus (COVID-19) data includes 48 new positive cases, bringing the District’s overall positive case total to 231 individuals.

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From the DC Office of the Attorney General:

“Attorney General Karl A. Racine today joined with 33 fellow Attorneys General to urge Amazon, Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, and Walmart to crack down on online price gouging on their platforms. In their letters to these major online platforms, the Attorneys General pushed the companies “to do more at a time that requires national unity.” Specifically, the bipartisan group recommends that these companies craft policies to restrict price gouging during emergencies, build tools to detect price spikes and anticipate conditions that lead to price gouging, and create pages that allow users to report suspected price gouging directly. Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, Mayor Muriel Bowser directed an additional $15,000,000 of the District’s Contingency Cash Reserve Fund to be used for the purchase of ventilators, personal protective equipment, testing supplies, medical supplies, and other necessary equipment for DC’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19). To date, Mayor Bowser has directed $53.15 million to the District’s COVID-19 response and recovery.”

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Today, to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), Mayor Muriel Bowser issued Mayor’s Order 2020-053: Closure of Non-Essential Businesses and Prohibition on Large Gatherings During Public Health Emergency for the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19). This Mayor’s Order requires temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses and prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people. Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“As of 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24, the District’s coronavirus (COVID-19) data includes 46 new positive cases, bringing the District’s overall positive case total to 183 individuals.

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Tthe chief executives of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia held a joint call to discuss the coronavirus (COVID-19) response throughout the region. The call included a push for concerted effort on testing in the region, a regional framework on business impacts, and ongoing coordinated messaging to encourage residents to be good neighbors by staying at home. The Mayor and the Governors agreed to continue to advocate for more resources and leadership from the federal government to meet immediate needs like testing supplies and direct financial assistance to cities, counties and states.

They issued the following statement: Read More

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