COVID Guidelines & Visitor Policy Frequently Asked Questions

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Vaccination Policy/On-Site Protocols

I am not vaccinated against COVID-19. Am I still allowed to enter the Bar’s building if I am able to show proof of a negative test result?

Unvaccinated visitors are not permitted to enter the D.C. Bar’s building at this time, irrespective of testing status.

Are booster shots required to be considered “fully vaccinated”?

Yes. To qualify as “fully vaccinated”, visitors must have received a booster shot in accordance with the current CDC guidelines. Click here to access the Visitor Vaccination Policy.

What are the on-site face mask and social distancing requirements for D.C. Bar Visitors?

While on-site, Visitors are required to wear face masks at all times except when eating or drinking. Social distancing is encouraged at all times.

I understand that there is a face mask requirement while I am in the D.C. Bar building. Are there any exceptions when it would be permissible for me to remove my mask?

The District of Columbia Mayor’s order issued July 29, 2021 requires that all D.C. businesses open to the public require the wearing of masks indoors, except as follows.

A mask is NOT required during the following activities/situations when a person is:

  • actively eating or drinking
  • alone in an enclosed office that no one else is permitted to enter
  • giving a speech for broadcast or an audience, provided no one is within six feet of the speaker
  • speaking to or translating for a deaf or hard of hearing person
  • required to use equipment for a job that precludes the wearing of a mask and the person is wearing or using that equipment, or when wearing a mask would endanger public safety
  • lawfully asked to remove their mask for facial recognition purposes
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Am I required to enter my proof of vaccination into ReturnSafe to be able to enter the building?

In order to ensure the highest health and safety standards are maintained, the Bar requires standard vaccination tracking and health screening protocols to be followed consistently, including uploading proof of vaccination (one time), and completing the health screening questionnaire (each visit) in ReturnSafe. Please note that all uploaded data is confidential and accessible only to designated administrators.

If you have any questions about the screening survey, the resulting recommendations, or our privacy policies please contact [email protected].

When do I need to have my proof of vaccination loaded into ReturnSafe?

All Visitors are required to install the ReturnSafe app and load proof of vaccination no later than 72 hours in advance of requested entry to the Bar’s building.

Can I access ReturnSafe without a smart phone?

Yes. You can access ReturnSafe from a mobile device, desktop or laptop at

I have questions about ReturnSafe privacy and data security. Where can I find more information?

Click here to access ReturnSafe’s Privacy FAQs. Should you have any additional questions, please contact [email protected].

I am having technical issues with ReturnSafe. Who can I contact for assistance?

If you have any technical issues while installing or using ReturnSafe, please visit or email [email protected] for assistance.

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Overall Covid-19 Guidelines

I have questions about the Bar’s COVID-19 guidelines? Who can I contact for more information?

Please email [email protected] for information about the Bar’s COVID-19 guidelines.

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