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CoronaVirus DC Update


Dear Members,

Destination DC will continue providing regular updates during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Our message is that Washington, DC is open for business coordinating at every level to prepare.

However, there are certain meetings being impacted. Currently, two groups have cancelled their in-person meetings in DC:

SAS Global Forum 2020 (March 29- April 1, expected 6,000 attendees with 14,115 total room nights)

IMF Spring Meeting 2020 (April 15-19, expected 3,000 attendees and 6,694 total room nights)

As you get questions from clients, you may consider sharing the following resources about Washington, DC’s response.

Muriel E. Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia, signed a Mayor’s Order outlining the District’s monitoring, preparation and response. DC Health and the DC Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency are leading the response.

There are currently two confirmed cases impacting DC, however there is still no widespread community transmission and the general level of risk for residents is low.DC Health is preparing, monitoring the situation closely and participating in national calls with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).If travelers exhibit symptoms and are concerned that they might have coronavirus while in Washington, DC, please call DC Health’s hotline at 844-493-2652.

There are currently no restrictions on travel anywhere in the U.S. Destination DC is working in coordination with industry partners including the U.S. Travel Association, Events DC, the Hotel Association of Washington, DC, Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington and local officials in line with guidance from the CDC to communicate current information and best practices.

For your reference, please note the following official resources:

CDC travel noticesCDC COVID-19 webpageWHO COVID-19 webpage


DC government coronavirus informationMetro precautions


U.S. Travel Association’s comprehensive information for the travel industryCDC’s guide for businessesPCMA FAQs and recovery planStatement and protocol from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Elliott L. Ferguson, II President & CEO, Destination DC Elliott@washington.org

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