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Modified District Government Services for DC Emancipation Day

Wednesday, April 13, 2022

(Washington, DC) – On Friday, April 15, 2022, the District Government will observe DC Emancipation Day. While some services will be affected, many District employees will continue serving to maintain essential District operations.

What's Open on Friday, April 15, 2022

Walk-up COVID-19 testing and vaccination sites are open across the District as scheduled.  

COVID Centers are open across the District as scheduled.

Test Yourself DC drop-boxes are open for residents to drop off samples between 10 am–8 pm.

Access to Emergency Shelter

All low-barrier shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness operate year-round. Due to COVID-19 public health emergency, all low-barrier shelters remain open 24 hours and will remain open all day on Friday, April 15. Individuals seeking access to homeless services should call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 from 8 am–12 am or the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311 at any time of the day or night. 

Drop-In Centers for Residents Experiencing Homelessness

The Downtown Day Services Center (The Center) will offer walk-in services to guests with no appointment required. Center hours of operation are 9 am-5 pm, Monday through Friday. The Center will operate at 30% of its pre-pandemic capacity, meaning a maximum of 40 guests are permitted in the Center at any time. Entry will be permitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests will be provided with a wristband that must be worn while in the Center. Available walk-in services include showers, laundry, medical treatment, computer access, electronic/mobile device charging, housing case management, employment counseling, harm reduction services, and other vital services. Full capacity lunch services will continue Monday through Friday 11 am-1 pm.

Zoe’s Doors, located at 900 Rhode Island Avenue NE, will be open from 8 am–7 pm on Friday, April 15.

The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) outdoor parks, playgrounds, athletic courts, and fields will be open. All previously permitted events on these outdoor spaces will take place as scheduled. 

What's Closed on Friday, April 15, 2022

All Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations will be closed on Friday, April 15. Customers are encouraged to use online options by visiting

The District’s COVID-19 call center will be closed on Friday, April 15. For general COVID-19 related questions or to book a vaccine appointment for homebound residents, call 1-855-363-0333 when the Call Center reopens on Saturday, April 16.

The Department of Employment Services Navigation Call Center and all American Job Centers will be closed on Friday, April 15. Residents are encouraged to file unemployment insurance claims online at

DPR Meal Distribution sites will offer meals from 12 pm–2 pm at 18 sites through Thursday, April 14. A full list of sites is available at DC Central Kitchen’s mobile meal truck will be making stops at select DCPS schools to distribute free lunch bags this week and on Monday, April 18. A full schedule of times and locations can be found here.

The Sasha Bruce Youth Drop-In Center for District residents experiencing homelessness will be closed on Friday, April 15.

DC Public Library (DCPL) will open the Anacostia Library, Benning Library, Mt. Pleasant Library, Petworth Library, Southwest, Tenley-Friendship Library, Woodridge Library, and the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Friday, April 15, from 10 am–6 pm. All Library locations will be closed on Saturday, April 16 for DC Emancipation Day and on Sunday, April 17 for Easter. The Library will be available online. The Library will reopen Monday, April 18. For more information on available Library programs, visit or download the Library’s app.

DPR recreation and aquatic centers will be closed on Friday, April 15. 

The Department of Human Services Economic Security Administration Service Centers will be closed on Friday, April 15.

The DC Health & Wellness Center (77 P Street, NE) will be closed on Friday, April 15.

Modified Service Adjustments

The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will not suspend sanitation services. 

  • All household trash and recycling collections scheduled for Friday, April 15 will proceed as normal. 
  • The Benning Road Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, April 15 and will open for household hazardous waste collections only on Saturday, April 16 from 7 am–2 pm. Benning Road is open for residential drop off each week from Wednesday through Friday from 10 am–2 pm.
  • The Fort Totten Transfer Station is currently closed to residents due to renovations.


The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) will suspend construction and work zones for non-emergency work in roadways, alleys, and sidewalks within the District’s right of way. This includes manhole access and construction-related deliveries. Approved construction activities may resume Saturday, April 16 during permitted work hours.

The Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) does not normally permit construction on District Government holidays, and violations could result in a Stop Work Order and fines. No construction will be allowed on Saturday, April 16 for the holiday without a companion Afterhours Permit. Illegal construction reports can be made using the Illegal Construction Inspection Request Form or calling 311. DCRA offers many online services, tools, and resources, enabling customers to conduct business 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

Lane Restrictions: 

DDOT will run normal reversible lane operations in the following corridors:

  • Canal Road between Chain Bridge and Foxhall Road, NW 
  • Rock Creek Parkway (controlled by the National Park Service) 

The following ongoing lane restriction during the public health emergency remains in effect:

  • Rush hour reversible lanes operations on Connecticut Avenue and 16th Street, NW are suspended.

Parking Enforcement: 

All parking enforcement will be suspended on Friday, April 15 with the exception of Streetcar ticketing and towing. Parking enforcement will resume on Saturday, April 16.

All DC Circulator routes are operating on normal schedule. 

DC Streetcar is operating on normal schedule.