Mayor Muriel Bowser extended D.C.’s COVID-19 public emergency order last week, lengthening the time that officials have emergency powers until January.
The emergency order, which gives Bowser the authority to accept federal assistance and implement coronavirus-related policies in the city, will now expire on Jan. 7 of next year, according to the order. The order was set to expire last week before its extension.
“The District must remain in a public emergency to appropriately protect public health and provide the authority necessary to modify procedures, deadlines and standards authorized during this declared emergency,” the order states. “By extending the public emergency, the District can continue to respond expeditiously and safely to COVID-19 and its ongoing impacts.”