Washington, DC

“Dear PoPville,

I hope everyone is well and thank you for your service. As coronavirus masks are not easy to find, and not everyone has the materials to make one at home, I thought it might be good for the community to know where you can find coronavirus masks.

I learned today, that Lucas Tailor and Cleaner, in Georgetown (1520 Wisconsin Ave, NW), is making and selling coronavirus masks. They are currently selling 3 masks for $15, and 5 masks for $20.”

If folks know of other places, please leave in the comments, thanks.


Photo by PoPville flickr user Phil

“Dear PoPville,

I’d love to find out what the status is of daycares charging families. Currently ours is closed but charging full price for families to keep their spot, or else we have to drop out of the daycare altogether. I’ve heard of other daycares closing and not charging. What are people’s experiences?”


Ed. Note: This demand follows multiple complaints discussed here.

From the DC Attorney General’s Office:

“Attorney General Karl A. Racine, New York AG Tish James, and Pennsylvania AG Josh Shapiro today demanded Town Sports International, LLC (TSI) stop charging membership dues to gym members during the COVID-19 public health emergency. In the District, TSI’s Washington Sports Club (WSC) facilities are closed as part of the District’s emergency response to the pandemic. While many fitness clubs have provided automatic membership freezes at no cost, TSI has continued to charge District customers for memberships they cannot use. Read More


Ed. Note: If construction continues to be deemed essential, I believe the onus should be on the construction crew management to make sure processes are in place to ensure a scene like this is not repeated.

“Dear PoPville,

As a follow-up to this week’s construction debate, here’s how workers at Signal House in NoMa are taking their lunch today. No fewer than 20 of them shoulder to shoulder at this illegally parked food truck. Read More


From ANXO:

“To our ANXO Family, Friends and Neighbors,

We know that this is an extremely difficult time for so many. At ANXO, we made the difficult decision to close our @anxotruxton and @anxobrightwood locations for the safety of our customers and employees. With a heavy heart, we had to make the hardest decision we’ve ever faced: laying off most of our employees.

But ANXO is still here. We are resilient. We are creative. We are as committed as ever to our family of employees and to our wonderful community. But our ANXO family needs your help as we transition our business to pickup, delivery, and online sales. If you have the means to support ANXO during this time, here are some ways you can help: Read More


Thanks to Josh for passing on this GoFundMe for Marx Cafe:

“The Marx Cafe has been a beloved institution of the Mt. Pleasant community for years, but like many small businesses, is struggling to pay its bills during the COVID-19 shutdown. The good news is we can help keep the Marx Cafe open for business by pitching in via GoFundMe donations. Let’s help Marx Cafe proprietor Aris Dallas pay his employees and his bills so we can all continue to enjoy the Marx Cafe for many more years to come!

Every little bit helps — thank you in advance!”


“Dear PoPville,

I’m working with a team of 24 local artists to create and send hug-inspired artworks while we’re physically distancing and unable to give real hugs. The project is called A Hug or Something Like It and allows folks to send ‘Hug” care packages containing miniature hug art prints made by DC-area artists to friends and family (or to enjoy themselves!). Read More


UPDATE From DC Health:

“The DC Department of Health (DC Health) is offering free, (appointment-required) COVID-19 testing for DC residents. If you have experienced symptoms like fever, cough, shortness of breath and would like to be tested, please call (855)-363-0333. Call Monday-Friday from 9AM-4PM.

Ed. Note: Yesterday there were 653 total positives.

From the Mayor’s Office: “The District’s reported data for Thursday, April 2, 2020, included 104 new positive coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, bringing the District’s overall positive case total to 757. The District reported three new COVID-19 related deaths, bringing the District’s total to 15.”

From Coronavirus.dc.gov:

“DC COVID-19 Data for April 2, 2020

Total Tested Overall: 5584
Total Positives: 757
Total Deaths: 15
Total Recovered: 206 Read More


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