*NOTE: This section was created by emergency legislation that will expire on September 5, 2021.*
(a) Upon the Mayor's declaration of a public health emergency pursuant to § 7-2304.01, and for a period not exceeding 90 days after the end of the public health emergency, the Mayor may, notwithstanding part B of subchapter XII-A of Chapter 3 of Title 1, and in the Mayor's sole discretion, issue a grant or loan to a program, organization, buisness, or entity to assist the District in responding to the public health emergency, including a grant or loan for the purpose of:
(1) Increasing awareness and participation in disease investigation and contact tracing;
(2) Purchasing and distributing personal protective equipment;
(3) Promoting and facilitating social distancing measures;
(4) Providing public health awareness outreach;
(5) Assisting residents with obtaining disease testing, contacting health care providers, and obtaining medical services;
(6) Covering the costs of operating a business or organization including rent, utilities, or employee wages and benefits; or
(7) Providing technical assistance to the business community.
(b) The Mayor may issue one or more grants to a third-party grant-managing entity for the purpose of issuing or administering grants on behalf of the Mayor in accordance with the requirements of this section.
(c)(1) The Mayor, and any third-party entity chosen pursuant to subsection (b) of this section, shall maintain a list of all grants and loans awarded pursuant to this section with respect to each public health emergency for which grants or loans are issued. The list shall identify, for each award, the grant or loan recipient, the date of award, the intended use of the award, and the award amount.
(2) The Mayor shall publish the list online no later than 60 days after the first grant or loan is issued under this section with respect to a specific public health emergency and shall publish an updated list online within 30 days after each additional grant or loan, if any, is issued with respect to the specific public health emergency.
(d) The Mayor, pursuant to § 2-505, may issue rules to implement the provisions of this section.