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ReOpen DC Committee | Faith, Arts, Culture, Hotels, Entertainment and Sports

Government Co-Chairperson
Community Co-Chairperson
Public Health Advisor
Robin (Diggs) Perdue
Legal Advisor
Ben Moskowitz

Associate Committee Director
Julia Hudson

Committee Coordinator
Booker Roary Jr.

Committee Resource Staff
Karim Marshall
Keisha Mimms
Darien Pusey

Committee Recommendations

Committee Members

  • Amy Austin, Community Member
  • Vinoda Basnayake, Community Member
  • John Boardman, Community Member
  • Marvin Bowser, Community Member
  • Andy Bush, Community Member
  • Tamara Christian, Community Member
  • Monica Dixon, Community Member
  • Elliott Ferguson, Community Member
  • Kelly Flanigan, Community Member
  • Doug Hall, Community Member
  • Jay Haddock, Community Member
  • Natalie Hopkinson, Community Member
  • Michael Kahn, Community Member
  • Abbe David Lowell, Community Member
  • Dexter U. Nutall, Community Member
  • Thomas Penny, Community Member
  • Perry Pigeon Hooks, Community Member
  • Peter Rosenstein, Community Member
  • Deborah Rutter, Community Member
  • Molly Smith, Community Member
  • Paul Strauss, Community Member
  • David Touhey, Community Member
  • Donna Westmoreland, Community Member
  • C. Brian Williams, Community Member
  • Thomas Bowen, Government Member


Large gatherings were among the first activities closed during the Public Health Emergency. From church gatherings, to weddings and birthday parties, to the Opening Day of the World Series Champions, the Washington Nationals, these activities have all been cancelled or delayed in the District's response to COVID-19. These activities make up the social, cultural, and civic fabric of life in Washington, DC. These events and activities help us attract more than 20 million people to visit and stay in our hotels and frequent our restaurant and bars. Visitor spending in 2015 totaled $7.1 billion – the fifth consecutive year that it surpassed $6 billion. This represents more than $757 million in new tax dollars for the District.[1]


The Committee will examine how physical spaces can be adjusted to accommodate social distancing and identify alternate formats for presenting and keeping the sectors alive during necessary periods for social distancing, as well as tools and resources needed to reopen all aspects of large gathering activities and venues.

Including, but not limited to:

  • Places of Worship
  • Community Centers
  • Art & Cultural Centers
  • Theaters
  • Sports Stadiums & Arenas
  • Inns & Hotels
  • Festivals
  • Concerts
  • Parades
  • Rallies
  • Weddings
  • Funerals
  • Parties