Code of the District of Columbia

§ 7–2306. Duration of emergency executive order; extension; publication of order; regional programs and agreements.

*NOTE: This section includes amendments by emergency legislation that will expire on August 8, 2021. To view the text of this section after the expiration of all emergency and temporary legislation, click this link: Permanent Version.*

(a) An emergency executive order, or a public health emergency executive order, issued by the Mayor shall be effective for a period of no more than 15 calendar days from the day it is signed by the Mayor, but may be rescinded in whole or in part by the Mayor within that period should the Mayor determine that the public emergency no longer exists, or no longer warrants the part rescinded.

(b) An emergency executive order, or a public health emergency executive order, may be extended for up to an additional 15-day period, only upon request by the Mayor for, and the adoption of, an emergency act by the Council of the District of Columbia.

(c) Should extenuating circumstances, such as death, destruction or other perilous conditions prohibit the convening of at least two-thirds of the members of the Council of the District of Columbia for consideration of emergency legislation, the Mayor shall make a reasonable attempt to consult with those members of the Council of the District of Columbia not affected by death, destruction, or other perilous conditions, after which the Mayor may extend the emergency executive order for up to 15 days.

(c-1) Notwithstanding subsections (b) and (c) of this section, the Council authorizes the Mayor to extend the 15-day March 11, 2020, emergency executive order and public health emergency executive order ("emergency orders") issued in response to the novel 2019 coronavirus (SARS CoV-2) until July 25, 2021. After the extension authorized by this subsection, the Mayor may extend the emergency orders for additional 15-day periods pursuant to subsection (b) or (c) of this section.

(d) Upon the issuance of any emergency executive order, or a public health emergency executive order, as soon as practicable given the condition of the emergency, the order shall be published in the District of Columbia Register, in 2 daily newspapers of general circulation in the District of Columbia, and shall be posted in such public places in the District of Columbia as the Mayor determines by regulation.

(e) The Mayor may adopt and implement such rules and regulations as the Mayor finds necessary to carry out the purposes of this chapter, pursuant to the District of Columbia Administrative Procedure Act (§ 2-501 et seq.).

(f) The Mayor may join or enter into, on behalf of the District of Columbia government, regional programs, and agreements with the federal government, neighboring states, and political subdivisions thereof, for the coordination of disaster preparedness programs.


(Mar. 5, 1981, D.C. Law 3-149, § 7, 27 DCR 4886; Oct. 17, 2002, D.C. Law 14-194, § 903(d), 49 DCR 5306; May 19, 2021, D.C. Act 24-79, § 2, 68 DCR 005600.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 6-1506.

Section References

This section is referenced in § 7-2304.01.

Effect of Amendments

D.C. Law 14-194, in subsec. (a), substituted “An emergency executive order, or a public health emergency executive order,” for “Any emergency executive order”; in subsec. (b), substituted “An emergency executive order, or a public health emergency executive order,” for “An emergency executive order”; and in subsec. (d), substituted “any emergency executive order, or a public health emergency executive order,” for “any emergency executive order”.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 507(d) of Coronavirus Support Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-30, Mar. 17, 2021, 68 DCR 003101).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of January 2021 Public Emergency Extension Authorization Emergency Amendment Act of 2021 (D.C. Act 24-1, Jan. 15, 2021, 68 DCR 001525).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 4(a) of Coronavirus Public Health Extension Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-524, Dec. 18, 2020, 67 DCR 14747).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of Coronavirus Public Health Extension Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-524, Dec. 18, 2020, 67 DCR 14747).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 301(a) of Protecting Businesses and Workers from COVID-19 Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-483, Nov. 16, 2020, 67 DCR 13860).

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2 of Public Health Emergency Authority Additional Extension Emergency Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Act 23-411, Oct. 5, 2020, 67 DCR 11513).

Temporary Legislation

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 301(a) of Protecting Businesses and Workers from COVID-19 Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-168, Dec. 23, 2020, 67 DCR 13025).

For temporary (225 days) amendment of this section, see § 507(d) of Coronavirus Support Temporary Amendment Act of 2020 (D.C. Law 23-130, Oct. 9, 2020, 67 DCR 8622).