I am thrilled to report that the District of Columbia will be safely reopening and loosening most restrictions for businesses and some entertainment and fitness facilities on Friday, May 21, with a full reopening scheduled for Friday, June 11. This has been a challenging year for residents, businesses, and government alike. Vaccine appointments and walk-up vaccination clinics are now widely available across the city. If you need assistance with accessing vaccines, please reach out to my office. Additionally, residents between the ages of 12 and 15 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. There are more details on this below in the “COVID-19 Updates” section of this newsletter.
To mark “Bike to Work Day” and the lifting of restrictions this Friday as we bring residents and visitors downtown, I’ll be hosting “office hours” at the Golden Triangle’s Office Park at Farragut Square from 2-4 p.m. Please stop by to say hello and share any questions or concerns you have with me and my team! You can RSVP here: tinyurl.com/PintoOfficeHoursMay2021.
If you are a tenant in need of assistance, PLEASE apply for STAYDC – a $352 million rental assistance program that can be applied up to 12 months backwards and up 3 months forward. As the public health emergency comes to a close, it is imperative you apply for this funding to pay your rent if you need support.
I would also like to take a moment to address some community concerns:
Lastly, please don’t forget that Monday, May 17, was Tax Day; both local and federal tax filings were due. For additional information on local taxation, please contact the District’s Office of Tax and Revenue’s Customer Service Center at (202) 727-4TAX (4829).
In this newsletter, you will find:
Yours in Service,
COVID-19 Updates and Resources
Reopening in the District of Columbia: On May 21, restrictions on public and commercial activity, including capacity limits, types of activities, and time restrictions, will be lifted. Bars, nightclubs, and large sports and entertainment venues are not permitted to fully reopen until June 11, at which time, remaining capacity limits and restrictions will be lifted.
Walk-up Vaccination Sites Available in the District of Columbia: All District residents, including those who are 16 and 17 years old, may get vaccinated at any one of the District’s walk-up COVID-19 vaccination sites, including the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Ward 2.
Community Corps Day of Action: Earlier this month, Councilmember Pinto joined neighbors to knock on doors to help residents make vaccine appointments. A second Community Corps Day of Action will be held on Saturday, May 22 at 9 am and 11 am so help reach residents who still need help accessing the vaccine. Please sign up at https://servedc.galaxydigital.com/dc-covid-19-community-corps/.
Residents Ages 12-15 Authorized to Receive the Pfizer Vaccine: District residents between the ages of 12 and 15 can now receive the Pfizer vaccine at one of our local walk-up vaccination sites.
Appointments for Homebound Residents: Homebound residents can now call 1-855-363-0333 to register for an at-home COVID vaccination appointment. Call Center hours from 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Monday-Friday and 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
At-Home Testing Kits are Now Available: The District is now offering at-home COVID-19 testing kits at 16 locations. Individuals can learn more and find a list of pick-up and drop-off locations at testyourself.dc.gov.
In-Person Testing Sites: The District of Columbia continues to make available in-person testing at public locations, which are also shared daily. To learn more about those sites and to save time by pre-registering, visit: coronavirus.dc.gov/register.
For more on vaccine opportunities, visit: vaccines.gov.
Information on MyIR.DC.gov: Residents can now access their vaccination records online at myir.dc.gov.
Councilmember Pinto and her team continue to engage neighbors throughout Ward 2 while attending meetings to discuss a variety of concerns including the Council’s upcoming budget oversight work. Councilmember Pinto also continues to work with residents and stakeholders to address important matters concerning small business relief, maternal health support, homelessness, and more. Over the last two weeks, Councilmember Pinto and her team have:
Legislative Updates and Council News
Summer Hiring Fair with the Department of Parks and Recreation: DPR is hosting a Summer Hiring Fair! Submit an application online and schedule an in-person interview with DPR Human Resources today! Click here to attend our Summer Hiring Fair.
If you'd rather complete the application process online from start to finish, browse through the positions below and use the links to apply within the DCHR jobs portal. Once there, click the box next to "Department of Parks and Recreation" to sort available positions. For more information on the fair visit: https://dpr.dc.gov/page/dpr-summer-employment.
Ticket Amnesty: On April 19, 2021, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a four-month amnesty program to give DC and non-DC drivers the opportunity to pay outstanding tickets. During the amnesty period, the penalties drivers incurred on tickets will be waived. At the end of the amnesty period, all penalties will be added back on all tickets. This program will help eligible drivers pay their outstanding tickets, including District residents who are having trouble obtaining a REAL ID credential because of outstanding tickets.
To view the Mayor's initial press release, click here.
The program runs for four months, from June 1, 2021, to September 30, 2021. For Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), visit https://dmoi.dc.gov/page/amnesty-program-drivers-outstanding-tickets.
DPR Summer Camp Registration Now Open!
DC residents can now register for the Department of Parks and Recreation's (DPR) 2021 Summer Camps.
DPR is excited to welcome back campers and offer core Camps including Discovery, Little Explorers, Sports Camps, Aqua Day Camps, and Therapeutic Recreation - all in accordance with DC Health's safety guidelines.
For information about registration dates, camp activities, safety protocols, or sign up, visit: https://dprsummercamps2021.splashthat.com/.