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Educational and Academic Retail Shops (EARS) Pilot

** Applications for the EARS Pilot are now closed**

The District will begin Phase 1 of reopening on Friday, May 29 which will allow for all nonessential businesses to do curbside and front door pickup. More information about Phase 1 reopening can be found here.

The EARS pilot will grant waivers to local educational and academic retail shops to do curbside and front door pickup. All sales are advance purchases (pre-ordered online or by phone) only. The stores will need to agree to share data and information with us about their operations. The goal with this pilot is to learn important lessons about reopening while ensuring safe operations.

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**New** Card shops, florists, sundries and beauty supply stores are now invited to apply for the EARS waiver. Also salons/barber shops selling beauty supplies can apply too — only for the purpose of curbside or at the door pickup of supplies.

The District Government will only allow certain non-essential businesses to operate if operators submit and get approved a COVID-19 EARS Waiver request to operate during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

Approved EARS Pilot Waivers

Eligibility

  • Example non-essential businesses like bookstores, art supplies stores, toys stores, office supply stores, music stores, card shops, florists and sundries.
  • Your principal business is physically located in Washington, DC; and
  • Independently owned and operated