Cuneyt Dil
19 hours ago - COVID

D.C. prepared to enforce indoor vaccine mandate

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The District is prepared to enforce its new indoor vaccine mandate, officials said on the weekend the new rules took effect, but educating small businesses about the guidelines is the city’s first priority.

Why it matters: The proof-of-vaccination requirement to dine indoors, enter gyms, and go inside many other businesses was introduced to boost vaccination rates and prevent the spread of COVID-19 when going out.

Cuneyt Dil
Jan 11, 2022 - News

COVID surge's staffing crunch upends life in D.C. area

A coronavirus testing clinic is set up under a tent at a public park in Washington, D.C.
A coronavirus testing clinic in Farragut Square. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Across the DMV, the pandemic's sickening of workers is leading to scaled-back bus service, reduced hours for government offices, and trouble keeping schools open with dwindling staff. 

Why it matters: Unlike early in the pandemic when government restrictions shuttered much of public life, the sheer number of employees sidelined this time by the coronavirus is upending industries and governments.

D.C. restaurants brace for COVID challenges in 2022

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Illustration: Maura Losch/Axios

The pandemic will play a large role in determining what 2022 looks like for restaurants and bars.

The big picture: With a widespread vaccine rollout and months of low COVID case numbers, 2021 was looking up for the food and beverage industry, until D.C.’s late December COVID case spike.

Paige Hopkins
Dec 10, 2021 - News

D.C. gains new workers from major metros

An aerial view of the Pentagon from an airplane.
An aerial view of the Pentagon. Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios

Even in our new work-from-home era, D.C. is attracting new employees from all across the country.

What’s happening: The D.C. area gained the most workers from the Blacksburg-Christiansburg-Radford, Virginia area over the last year, according to LinkedIn’s Workforce Report.

Paige Hopkins
Dec 8, 2021 - Business

D.C. employers are leasing office space again

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Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Demand for office space is up and surpassing pre-pandemic levels in the D.C. area, according to CBRE.

Why it matters: Empty office buildings resulting from employees working from home is one of the driving forces behind empty downtowns both in the DMV and around the country. 

Cuneyt Dil
Dec 6, 2021 - News

D.C. opens second round of food access funding

A close-up photo of two carrot sticks used by a protestor to demonstrate against lack of food options in D.C.'s poorest ward
A D.C. rally in 2017 against food deserts. Photo: Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her top officials are in Las Vegas Monday, wooing retailers and developers at a major conference.

Why it matters: For years, D.C. politicians have regularly attended the annual conference — now back in-person — to try to bring grocery stores and other retail east of the Anacostia River. This year they are touting a new incentive program.

Explore D.C.'s holiday markets

People walking around at the Downtown Holiday Market.
The Downtown Holiday Market. Photo: Paige Hopkins/Axios

'Tis the season for exploring outdoor markets and doing all of the holiday activities that were scaled back or canceled last year at the height of the pandemic.

The Downtown Holiday Market, one of D.C.’s top holiday experiences, is in full swing with over 70 exhibitors, six food vendors, and live music.

Here are a few of Paige’s takeaways from a recent trip there.

Paige Hopkins
Nov 30, 2021 - News

A D.C. guide to Giving Tuesday

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Maura Losch/Axios

Today is Giving Tuesday, a global campaign to promote “radical generosity.” Last year, American donors gave almost $2.5 billion.

Why it matters: As we come out of our second pandemic year, non-profits, small businesses, and other groups need more support than ever before.

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