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Modified District Government Services for Memorial Day

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

(Washington, DC) – On Monday, May 25, 2020, the District Government will observe Memorial Day. While some services will be affected, many District employees will continue serving to maintain essential District operations.
The District’s Emergency Operations Center and Joint Information Center will be operational.

Access to Emergency Shelter

Low-barrier shelters will remain open on the holiday.


New York Avenue Shelter at 1355 New York Avenue, NE
801 East Shelter at 801 Making Life Better Lane, SE
Adams Place Emergency Shelter at 2210 Adams Place, NE


Saint Josephine Bakhita at 6010 Georgia Avenue, NW (Opens at 7:00 p.m.)
Harriet Tubman at 1900 Massachusetts Avenue, SE Building #2
Patricia Handy Place for Women at 810 5th Street, NW

Families and individuals seeking access to homeless services should call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 from 8 am – 12 am, Monday – Sunday, or call 311 at any time of the day or night.

Drop-In Centers for Residents Experiencing Homelessness

The Downtown Day Services Center, located at 1313 New York Avenue, NW will be open from 9 am – 5 pm for appointment-only essential services (shower, laundry, etc.). To schedule services, call (202) 674-2365, or email [email protected].

Zoe’s Doors Youth Drop-In Center, located at 900 Rhode Island Avenue, NE will be open, as well as the Sasha Bruce Youth Drop-In Center at 741 8th Street, SE.

Transportation to Emergency Shelter:

Transportation to emergency shelter will be available and provided to anyone experiencing homelessness in the District. To request transportation, contact the Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 or by calling 311.
The District’s COVID-19 testing sites and call center will be closed for the holiday. To learn more about free testing sites across the District, visit

The Department of Employment Services Navigation Call Center will be closed for the holiday. Residents are encouraged to file unemployment insurance claims online at

The District’s School Meal Sites and Grocery Distribution Sites will be closed for the holiday and reopen on Tuesday, May 26.

All Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations remain closed. DC DMV online services remain available, and customers are encouraged to use online options by visiting

All Department of Parks and Recreation facilities, including playgrounds, parks, and athletic fields, remain closed to the public.

All DC Public Libraries (DCPL) remain closed. DCPL continues to serve residents through its online digital library available at GoDigital.

The Department of Human Services Economic Security Administration Service Centers will be closed for the holiday.
In observance of Memorial Day, several standard service modifications will occur. Ongoing modified services due to the COVID-19 public health emergency remain in effect.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) will suspend sanitation services, which will resume on Tuesday, May 26.

Trash and recycling collections will “slide” to the next day for the remainder of the week into Saturday. For example, households that normally receive trash/recycling collections on Monday will be serviced Tuesday.

DC Circulator’s reduced schedule/modified service remains in effect.

DC Circulator will operate from 6 am – 9 pm. Riders should only use transit for essential trips and are required to wear masks or face coverings.
Service on the National Mall route is suspended.
Fares on all routes are suspended through the end of the public health emergency.
DC Circulator passengers are asked to enter and exit the bus using the rear door at all times. The only exceptions are for passengers who need to use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) boarding ramp or require the bus to “kneel” to facilitate boarding.

DC Streetcar will operate on its reduced schedule/modified schedule:

8 am – 10 pm. Riders should only use transit for essential trips and are required to wear masks or face coverings.

Street Sweeping and Parking Enforcement

The following DPW modified services remain in effect as a result of the COVID-19 public health emergency:

Residential street sweeping is suspended.
Ticketing for safety violations (e.g., blocking a fire hydrant) continues.
The following ticketing is suspended:

Emergency no parking violations (vehicles will be relocated without charge and will not be ticketed).
Expired District license plates and inspection stickers.
Expired residential parking permits.
Expired meters.

Vehicle booting and towing is suspended.


The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will suspend construction and work zones for non-emergency work in roadways, alleys, and sidewalks within the District’s right of way, effective 12 pm on Friday, May 22. This includes manhole access and construction-related deliveries. Approved construction activities may resume Tuesday, May 26, during permitted work hours.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) is not permitting normal construction on District Government holidays and violations could result in a Stop Work Order and fines. However, construction performed with an active afterhours work permit is allowed. DCRA Inspectors will be enforcing the no construction regulation. Illegal construction reports can be made using the District’s 311 system or calling 311. DCRA offers many online services, tools, and resources, enabling customers to conduct business 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Lane Restrictions

DDOT will suspend normal weekday reversible lane operations in the following corridors:

Canal Road between Chain Bridge and Foxhall Road, NW.
Rock Creek Parkway (controlled by the National Park service).
Independence Avenue between 4th Street, SW and 2nd Street SE.

In addition, ongoing lane restrictions during the public health emergency remain in effect:

Rush hour parking restrictions are suspended.
Rush hour reversible lanes operations on Connecticut Avenue and 16th Street NW are suspended.

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