Beekeeping Essential During COVID-19 Emergency

Beekeeping has been identified as an essential form of employment in the District of Columbia during the current lockdown period associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic. 

We will be receiving official documentation for beekeepers to carry shortly, but are officially approved through the office of Deputy Mayor Lucinda Babbers as of March 31, 2020.

Beekeepers MUST maintain all physical distance, travel minimization, and further requirements that may be announced during this emergency period. Beekeepers who must leave home to tend colonies are advised to carry a copy of the correspondence linked above and to carry identification, including proof of apiary and colony registration, with them during such work.

DCBA has also highlighted the work of the Swarm Squad response team and our willingness to assist MPD with incidents involving stinging insects. Beekeepers interested in assisting in this manner are encouraged to reach out to