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Modified District Government Services for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Thursday, January 12, 2023

(Washington, DC) – On Monday, January 16, 2023, the District Government will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. While some services will be affected, many District employees will continue serving to maintain essential District operations.       


Access to Emergency Shelter  

All low-barrier shelters for individuals experiencing homelessness operate year-round. All low-barrier shelters remain open 24 hours and will remain open all day on Monday, January 16. Individuals seeking access to homeless services should call the DC Shelter Hotline at (202) 399-7093 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 a.m. or the Mayor’s Citywide Call Center at 311 at any time of the day or night.   

All COVID-19 Service Centers and Monkeypox Walk-In Clinics will be open as regularly scheduled.  COVID-19 testing, KN95 masks, and vaccinations are available at all centers.  Visit for a list of locations and hours of operation.

COVID-19 PCR pick-up from the following 8 library locations from 10 am – 6 pm

  • Mt. Pleasant Library – 3160 16th St NW
  • MLK Jr. Library – 901 G St NW
  • Tenley-Friendship Library – 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW
  • Petworth Library – 4200 Kansas Ave NW
  • Woodridge Library – 1801 Hamlin St NE
  • Southwest Library – 900 Wesley Pl SW
  • Benning Library – 3935 Benning Rd NE
  • Anacostia Library – 1800 Good Hope Rd SE

COVID-19 Rapid Antigen pick-up from the following 5 library locations from 10 am – 6 pm

  • Mt. Pleasant Library – 3160 16th St NW
  • Petworth Library – 4200 Kansas Ave NW
  • Woodridge Library – 1801 Hamlin St NE
  • Southwest Library – 900 Wesley Pl SE
  • Anacostia Library – 1800 Good Hope Rd SE

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

Drop-In Centers for Residents Experiencing Homelessness 

The Downtown Day Services Center (The Center) is providing walk-in services to guests with no appointment required. Center hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Center is operating at its pre-pandemic capacity, meaning a maximum of 120 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 & mental health treatment, computer access, electronic/mobile device charging, housing case management, employment counseling, harm reduction services, legal counseling 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 Monday, January 16.

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.   


DC Health’s Vital Records Division will be closed on Monday, January 16.

Rapid Antigen Test Kit pick-up and Test Yourself DC PCR kit pick-up locations at all Senior Centers, Recreation Centers, and Public Library locations (other than the 8 libraries listed above) will be closed on Monday, January 16.  Sites will reopen as regularly scheduled on Tuesday, January 17.  Visit for locations and hours of operation. 

All Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) locations will be closed on Saturday, January 14 and Monday, January 16. Customers are encouraged to use online options by visiting  

The Department of Employment Services Navigation Call Center and all American Job Centers will be closed on Monday, January 16. Residents are encouraged to file unemployment insurance claims online at  

The DC Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) Hotline will be closed on Monday, January 16 and reopen on Tuesday, January 17.

DC Public Schools (DCPS) will be closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 16. Schools will re-open for students on Tuesday, January 17.

The Sasha Bruce Youth Drop-In Center for District residents experiencing homelessness will be closed on Monday, January 16.

DPR recreation and aquatic centers will be closed on Monday, January 16.

The Department of Human Services Economic Security Administration Service Centers will be closed on Monday, January 16.

The DC Health & Wellness Center (77 P Street, NE) will be closed on  Monday, January 16.

DC Public Library (DCPL) will open the Anacostia Library, Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library, Mt. Pleasant Library, Petworth Library, Southwest, Tenley-Friendship Library, Woodridge Library on Monday, January 16, from 10 am – 6 pm. The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will be open 9:30 am – 5:30 pm. The Library will also be available online at All other neighborhood locations will reopen Tuesday, January 17. For more information on available Library programs, visit or download the Library’s app.

Modified Service Adjustments  

 The DC Department of Public Works (DPW) will “slide” household trash and recycling collections for the remainder of the week into Saturday.

  • Holiday tree and leaf collection operations will continue.   
  • The Benning Road Transfer Station will be closed on Monday, January 16, but will be open on Tuesday, January 17, for approved Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) and non-profit organizations. Residential drop off will resume on Wednesday, January 18.
  • The Fort Totten Transfer Station will be open on Monday, January 16 for commercial businesses. 
  • Household Hazardous and Electronic Waste Drop-Off will be accepted as scheduled on Saturday, January 21, from 7 am to 2 pm. 


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 Tuesday, January 17 during permitted work hours.  

Lane Restrictions:   

DDOT will suspend reversible lane operations city-wide on Monday, January 16.

The DC Department of Buildings (DOB) 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 Monday, January 16 for the holiday without a companion Afterhours Permit. Without a companion Afterhours Permit, work for which a construction permit is required is illegal and could result in a Stop Work Order and may be subject to a $4,000 fine. Illegal construction reports can be made using the Illegal Construction Inspection Request Form or afterhours by calling 311. DOB offers many online services, tools, and resources, enabling customers to conduct business 24 hours per day, seven days per week.     

Parking Enforcement:   

  • All parking enforcement will be suspended on Monday, January 16, except for Streetcar ticketing and towing. Parking enforcement will resume on Tuesday, January 17.

All DC Circulator and DC Streetcar routes are operating on normal schedule.