By Southwester Staff

Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, and the new normal of social distancing, much of our daily lives have been altered. There are people about, and the community is abuzz, but we are all politely keeping our distance. This is a difficult time for everyone in the community as we are all trying to adapt to the new norms. 

It’s especially hard for the restaurant industry, which had to layoff or furlough most of their staff from March 16, and local businesses and employees need your support more than ever.  

In order to weather this period of mandatory, but necessary, social distancing, the Wharf is ramping up its efforts to maintain a clean and safe environment, and many restaurants are offering a variety of services to patrons. If you are able, consider supporting local businesses by ordering take-out or delivery food and alcohol, tipping generously if you can afford it, shopping on the local business’ web store, purchasing gift cards, and showing your love for your neighbors’ businesses on social media. 

You can also support service workers directly by tipping your favorite bartenders and servers through the DC Virtual Tip Jar: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/u/1/d/1tz2uyhgy3MsBS68MHPzO8H455_879fqfIaRPyUUw3QE/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true.

Businesses that are Open

Businesses that are Temporarily Closed

Wharf Operating Status                                                                                                               

In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) guidelines, many Wharf events, activations, and recreational activities have been postponed. The Wharf has significantly increased cleaning and sanitation protocols in public spaces and essential transportation services to ensure they can continue to serve our community.

  • Parks, piers, streets, and open spaces – Remain open, visitors are encouraged to maintain social distancing
  • Public restrooms – Restrooms remain open with frequent sanitization and supply refills
  • Southwest Neighborhood Shuttle – The Shuttle continues operating on a regular schedule with frequent sanitization of all surfaces
  • Wharf Jitney – Ferry service between Recreation Pier and East Potomac Park begins March 21, with limited passenger count and frequent sanitization
  • Camp Wharf at the Firepit – The Firepit and Airstream s’mores trailer is closed until at least April 4. Upon reopening, the space will be demarcated in accordance with social distancing protocols
  • Buskers – Outdoor live music program is paused, to resume May 1
  • Wharf Boathouse – Kayaks and Stand-up Paddleboards will be available for rent beginning May 1

In addition to their increased sitewide cleaning measures, the Wharf is also practicing safe social distancing in our outdoor spaces for those who wish to enjoy the waterfront and outdoors. In accordance to CDC guidelines, outdoor furniture will be spread apart and on-site vehicular access will be restricted to allow pedestrians to spread out across pathways.                                       

For more information visit https://www.wharfdc.com/current-operating-status/.

In addition to their increased sitewide cleaning measures, the Wharf is also practicing safe social distancing in our outdoor spaces for those who wish to enjoy the waterfront and outdoors. In accordance to CDC guidelines, outdoor furniture will be spread apart and on-site vehicular access will be restricted to allow pedestrians to spread out across pathways.

For more information visit about the Wharf businesses and potential closures due to COVID-19, go to https://www.wharfdc.com/current-operating-status/.

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