COVID-19: What We Are Doing

As the Golden Triangle BID monitors the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we remain committed to providing the Gold Standard of service during this unprecedented time of crisis.

What we are doing:

  • Working 21 hours per day and overnight, Golden Triangle Ambassadors continue to empty trash cans and to clean streets. Since the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency, they have also been disinfecting trash cans, ash urns, newspaper boxes, bike racks and more to keep Washington’s central business district extra clean. With Mayor Bowser’s order to close all non-essential businesses starting on March 25 at 10 p.m., and downtown DC continuously getting quieter, the Ambassadors also provide a very important presence on the streets helping to keep the neighborhood safe.
  • To keep themselves safe during this COVID-19 crisis, shift schedules for the Ambassadors have been modified, roll calls are conducted outside with a minimum of 6 feet between each person.
  • The Golden Triangle homeless outreach team continues to provide vital services, connecting vulnerable individuals to medical services.
  • The Golden Triangle preparedness team continues to coordinate with local and federal law enforcement, ensuring the safety of the area. Additionally, Ambassadors continue to monitor the Golden Triangle neighborhood.
  • We are communicating regularly with our members and city officials, providing members daily with important information on changes to the law, and grant and loan programs.
  • We have compiled an evolving list of Golden Triangle retail stores, restaurants, and hotels that remain open for business in varying capacities. We also maintain a list of health and fitness clubs that offer online classes and/or gift cards.
  • We launched Golden Triangle DC Strong, a video campaign showcasing restaurants, retail stores, hotels, and fitness clubs that flavor DC’s central business district and help make the Golden Triangle so unique. Putting faces to business names, the videos celebrate everyday moments, offer smart and simple solutions to enrich people’s daily lives, and highlight that together, we are #GoldenTriangleDCStrong.
  • As requested by a member of the Golden Triangle community, we extended the Golden Haiku outdoor exhibition through end of May. The street signs will continue to bring much-needed warmth, color and artistry to DC streets during these difficult times.
    “I really enjoy the Haiku signs that get put up every spring. Unfortunately, all of the Cherry Blossom Festival events have been canceled this year, so the Haiku signs are just about the only thing celebrating the blossoms. I’d like to request that the signs be left up at least through the end of May. I know they usually get taken down before then but since fewer people will be in the Golden Triangle area for the next couple of months, I think the signs should stay up longer so people will have more time to get to see, read and enjoy them. In this very stressful time, I think people could use the lovely Haiku for as long as possible. “
    -Lois D.
  • In light of the ongoing public health crisis, the Golden Triangle has adapted event and activation projects. The BID will not host its usual lineup of more than 100 community summer events including TriFit, our free outdoor fitness program; Farragut Fridays, our signature summer event featuring Outdoor Office, Picnic in the Park, and pop up events; Golden Cinema, our free outdoor movie program; and Golden Streets, the landscaping design contest for buildings located in the central business district. For more information, read our press release here.

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