The onset of COVID-19 was swift and unpredictable. We now have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to thoughtfully build toward a more equitable, resilient, and vibrant city, but we will need to be measured, data-driven, and deliberate to ensure a safe and sustainable return.
ReOpen DC is about working together as a community to reopen Washington, DC in a way that is safe and sustainable. Together, we will create a plan that is based in science and tailored to the needs of our community.
What We Heard
ReOpen DC Advisory Group Steering Committee Summary of Sector Committee Recommendations
- Education and Childcare
- Equity, Disparity Reduction, Vulnerable Populations
- Faith, Arts, Culture, Hotels, Sports, and Entertainment
- Government Operations, Public Safety, and Criminal Justice
- Human Services, Social Services, and Health
- Open Spaces and Recreation
- Public Health Innovation and Workforce
- Real Estate and Construction
- Restaurants and Food
- Small Business and Retail
- Transportation and Infrastructure
About the ReOpen DC Advisory Group
Propose how to ReOpenDC toward its values and priorities
Recommend deployment of the best approaches and innovations from DC residents, and from around the country and globe
Propose a phased reopening with mitigation guidelines by sector to ensure a safe and responsive process
Recommended Reopening Stages
ReOpen DC Advisory Group Chairpersons
Reopen DC Advisory Group Co-Chairpersons
ReOpen DC Advisory Group Committees
ReOpen DC will follow the guidance of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Public Health Principles for a Phased Reopening During COVID-19: Guidance for Governors (JHU Report) and include phasing based on critical public health metrics and capacity. It also includes a focus on community-based guidelines, sector-based guidance, and clear communications.
- Propose how to ReOpen DC toward its values and priorities
- Recommend deployment of the best approaches and innovations from DC residents, and from around the country and globe
- Propose a phased reopening with mitigation guidelines by sector to ensure a safe and responsive process
Mayor Bowser has charged the group to anchor its efforts in four values:
- Health: We value a healthy and safe city: In addition to ensuring our residents are healthy, this is an opportunity to prioritize the improvement of health outcomes, the development of more responsive emergency services a healthy environment, and a reduction in traffic fatalities, injuries, and crime.
- Opportunity: We value creating a chance for residents to thrive. As Through recovery, we can help residents achieve their goals through supporting a vibrant job market and planning for new job opportunities through education and training. We can support our small businesses and entrepreneurs with technical and financial assistance to come back stronger.
- Prosperity: We value a vibrant city. We know that restarting our city is critical for our businesses and residents and will take shared responsibility. We will need to ensure a strong financial recovery for our government and businesses, to support critical investments in our schools, infrastructure, social services, childcare, world-class places and spaces, and housing for families.
- Equity: We value improving outcomes for our most vulnerable. Affordable housing, convenient and healthy communities, healthy food, local business development, retail options, and great community facilities should be found close to home and in all neighborhoods across the city by targeting resources to those communities that need them most.
The above four HOPE values are adapted from the eight DC Values developed during the Comprehensive Plan Update engagement process that reflect the concerns that are most important to DC residents. The full report is available at dc2me.com.