WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of Washington, D.C., issued an order authorizing—effective Monday, June 22, 2020—Phase Two for reopening the District of Columbia from the March 25 coronavirus shutdown. Based on the Mayor’s Order for Phase Two and the recommendations for successive phases by the ReOpen DC Advisory Group, Archbishop Timothy Broglio has approved a framework for reopening the Edwin Cardinal O’Brien Pastoral Center, home base of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS).
Accordingly, the Pastoral Center, located at 1025 Michigan Avenue in Northeast Washington, will resume normal weekday business hours from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ET) beginning Monday, June 22. While the reception desk will once again be staffed at those hours, some AMS staff will continue to telework from home. Visitors are encouraged to email or call ahead for appointments. Upon arrival at the Pastoral Center, visitors will be asked to complete a COVID-19 Self-Monitoring Checklist and to wear a facemask in the building’s public spaces, except for the main chapel. Facemasks will be available at the reception desk.
AMS visitors and AMS employees alike will be required to follow the universal safeguards recommended by the ReOpen DC Advisory Group through the conclusion of Phase Three. Those safeguards include, besides wearing a mask in public spaces, maintaining a physical distance of at least six feet, stringent personal hygiene practices such as frequent hand washing, and regular disinfection of surfaces and objects.