As we monitor the rapidly evolving situation with COVID-19, we remain committed to providing the Gold Standard of service during this unprecedented time of crisis.
Here’s what we have done and are doing:
Working 21 hours per day and overnight, the 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. 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. During the pandemic, our outreach team adapted their services to provide more than 1,500 meals and more than 500 PPE like hand sanitizer, masks, and soap.
The Golden Triangle security and emergency 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.
In the early stages of the pandemic, the BID worked with the city to distribute more than 340 PPE care packages to Golden Triangle businesses authorized to open in Phase One of ReOpen DC. We also helped to set up 12 temporary pick-up and delivery zones for 13 neighborhood restaurants to help them adapt to online and to-go ordering.
In July 2020, we launched Windows by Golden Triangle, an initiative that brings public art to vacant windows and storefronts in DC’s central business district. The project injects the neighborhood with artistry and creativity to uplift and inspire the Golden Triangle community during the pandemic.
In October 2020, the BID partnered with CVS Health to host a series of safe, socially distanced outdoor flu shot clinics in Farragut Square park. In total, more than 300 shots were administered to the public during a crucial flu season.
Installed in October 2020, we worked with DDOT to install concrete barriers on the west side of Farragut Square that extend the pedestrian pathway to give people more space to socially distance in this highly trafficked area. We commissioned local artist Shyama Kuver to transform the gray construction barriers into a gallery of custom, colorful murals for the community. The result is an extension of the park that brings colorful artwork to all passersby.
From May through October 2020, we ran our Small Business Online Program, a free technical assistance program to help support small businesses in our community launch or improve upon online sales and digital marketing. In total, 10 small businesses received more than 250 hours of tailored support.
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. See all videos below.