Unemployment Benefits

With Mayor Bowser adjusting the District of Columbia’s operating status in response to coronavirus (COVID-19), District residents may file for unemployment compensation. More information on how to file available at Recovery

Recovery | For Businesses


DC Small Business Recovery Microgrants

SBA Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses


Restaurants, Bars, and Entertainment Facilities

Mass Gatherings: On March 24, in order to slow the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, Mayor Bowser issued an order  that requires temporary closure of the on-site operation of all non-essential businesses and prohibits gatherings of 10 or more people.

  • Restaurants & Taverns: Through April 24, restaurants, cafes, coffee/tea shops, bars, and other food service locations offering only delivery, grab-and-go, and carryout can stay open.
  • Retail Establishments: Grocery stores and certain retail establishments may remain open. Please see the Mayor’s order for additional information
  • Nightclubs, Multi-Purpose Facilities, Health Clubs, Health Spas, Massage Establishments, and Theaters: Such establishments must suspend operations as of March 17, 2020.
  • Alcohol Beverage Regulation Administration (ABRA): Check ABRA websites for updates.

Alcohol Delivery: ABC-licensed restaurants and taverns are able to sell beer, wine, and spirits for carry-out and/or delivery to DC residences in conjunction with the purchase of one or more prepared food items. Before an eligible restaurant or tavern may sell beer, wine, and spirits in closed containers for carry-out and delivery, they must register with ABRA—no exceptions. Registration can be completed in five (5) minutes or less.


  • Utility Disconnections Prohibited: The COVID-19 Response Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 passed on March 17, 2020 prohibits electric, gas, and water from being disconnected for non-payment for the period of time while the Mayor has declared a public health emergency. 
  • Pepco is waiving new late fees and suspending service disconnections through at least May 1 and will be working with customers on a case-by-case basis to establish payment arrangements and identify energy assistance options. Customers who may be challenged in paying their Pepco bill should contact Pepco Customer Care at 202-833-7500.
  • Washington Gas is waiving late fees and suspending service disconnections. Please contact Washington Gas at 1-844-WASHGAS (927-4427) or visit their E-Service portal at for assistance.
  • DC Water has already suspended service disconnections for non-payment and is also waiving late fees and offering more lenient repayment terms for customers who fall behind on their bills. For assistance, please contact DC Water at 202-787-2000 or [email protected].

Employer & Worker Resources


See DISB Commissioner Order 01-2020. For all insurance-related questions regarding coronavirus, please contact the DC Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (DISB) at (202) 727-8000 or [email protected].

Tax Filing Deadline Extension

Additional Resources for Artists and Organizations

  • Americans for the Arts is providing up-to-date COVID-19 news and resources for the arts and culture field. 
  • The American Alliance of Museums has compiled a guide to help museums prepare internally and externally for outbreaks in their communities.
  • ArtsReady, an online emergency preparedness service by and for arts/cultural nonprofits, is adding updates daily.
  • The Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP) has pulled together resources to help you and your team prepare for and respond to the potential impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
  • Billboard has a state-by-state listing of resources for professional musicians.
  • This COVID-19 & Freelance Artists list contains general resources, advocacy links, and a growing list of funding opportunities.
  • Creative Capital has a comprehensive list for artists working in all disciplines, organizations trying to steady the boat, and anyone working to create the new normal.
  • DC’s Capital Bop has posted a list of resources for DC jazz artists and audiences.
  • The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the University of Maryland is offering pro bono consultations to any U.S.-based non-profit arts or culture organization, between March and June 2020, as a response to the mounting effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
  • The Joan Mitchell Foundation has posted a COVID-19 Emergency Resources for Visual Artists listing that breaks opportunities out by regions, as well as nationally.
  • NAPAMA (North American Performing Arts Managers and Agents) has posted a list of resources, including information related to airfare refund and/or cancellation policies, emergency fund and relief programs, sample communications, and more.