COVID Guidelines & Visitor Policy

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The D.C. Bar and the D.C. Bar Pro Bono Center will continue to serve our members and the community remotely for the foreseeable future, with the same seamless service we’ve been providing since virtual operations commenced in March 2020. The Bar’s core operating hours will continue to be Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM ET – 5:00 PM ET.

  • Effective Monday, October 4, 2021 - with the highest public health and safety standards in place - we will welcome fully vaccinated Visitors to re-enter our building for select in-person engagements only.
     
  • The Bar has carefully developed its re-entry policies and procedures based on leading public health and safety guidance from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), the DC Department of Health and the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).
     
  • The Bar has partnered with ReturnSafe to help administer and manage its vaccination tracking and health screening protocols to maintain the highest public health and safety standards. Click here to access a short video about the ReturnSafe solution.

IMPORTANT: All re-entry policies/procedures are subject to change based on numerous factors including, but not limited to, changes in COVID-19 prevalence rates, federal and local guidelines, business operations and/or staff and member feedback.

Visitor Vaccination Policy

Fully vaccinated* Visitors are welcome to enter the D.C. Bar’s building for select in-person engagements after the following criteria are met:

  1. successfully upload their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the Bar’s vaccine tracking app, ReturnSafe.
  2. successfully complete the ReturnSafe Health Screening Questionnaire in advance of each visit.

Unvaccinated visitors are not permitted to enter the D.C. Bar’s building at this time.

While on-site, fully vaccinated individuals are required to wear face masks and are encouraged to practice social distancing.

*Visitors must meet the following criteria to qualify as “fully vaccinated”:

  1. The visitor must have received two (2) doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, OR a single dose of the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine; and;
  2. The visitor must be entering the D.C. Bar’s office at least 14 calendar days after the most recent vaccination dose, as indicated on their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card.

NOTE: Booster shots are not required at this time pending additional guidance from the CDC.

ReturnSafe App Instructions

Fully vaccinated Visitors (non-D.C. Bar Staff) are welcome to enter the D.C. Bar’s building after the following criteria are met: a) successfully upload their CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to the Bar’s vaccine tracking app, ReturnSafe, and b) successfully complete the ReturnSafe health screening questionnaire in advance of each visit. Please note that the CDC COVID Vaccination Record Card needs to be uploaded once only, when users access ReturnSafe for the first time.

Please follow these simple steps to install and use the ReturnSafe app:

Step 1: Install the app on your phone or desktop/laptop computer:

Android users:
Install the app from the Google Play Store.  
Proceed to step 2 below.

iPhone users:
Install the app from the Apple App Store.
Proceed to step 2 below.

Web (Mobile or Desktop/Laptop):
https://desktop.returnsafe.com

Step 2: Open the app, click Find My ReturnSafe Space and enter the following code: dcbarvisitors

Step 3: Select “Visitors”

Step 4: Log in using your name exactly as it appears on your COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card. Enter your email address, mobile phone number and all other requested information when prompted.

IMPORTANT: Please complete all requested fields and double check the accuracy of all entries before submitting.

Step 5 (first use only): Take a picture of the front of your CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card, and upload the image into the app. IMPORTANT: The front side of your Card – including your name, date of birth, dates of vaccination and vaccination manufacturer information - is the only accepted proof of vaccination. This data is confidential and accessible only to designated administrators.

IMPORTANT: 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.

If there are any issues with your ReturnSafe registration, you will receive an email from [email protected] with additional requirements necessary for building access.

Step 6 (each visit): Complete the Health Screening Questionnaire. Please complete the questionnaire before you depart for the D.C. Bar’s building (it should take 1-2 minutes max. to complete). You will receive guidance on whether you will be permitted access to the building. NOTE: questionnaire responses are confidential and accessible only to designated administrators.

Step 7: Show your ReturnSafe health screening questionnaire clearance notification to D.C. Bar Security at the Reception Desk on the first floor.

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

If you have any technical issues while installing or using ReturnSafe, please visit https://support.returnsafe.com or email [email protected] for assistance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Last updated Thursday, September 16, 2021.

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