OPM has sent guidance on policies regarding Inauguration Day, January 20, which will be a holiday for federal employees who work in the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland, Arlington and Fairfax Counties in Virginia, and the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church in Virginia–and who have a “a qualifying work connection to the designated geographic area” on that day.

Specifically, OPM said, that means “employees with an official worksite in the Inauguration Day area unless they are scheduled to be working outside the Inauguration Day area due to official duty away from the official worksite, official travel, or telework; and employees with an official worksite outside the Inauguration Day area who are scheduled to be working in the Inauguration Day area due to an official duty away from the official worksite, official travel, or telework.”

Inauguration Day will be treated as a regular workday for an employee whose official worksite is in the Inauguration Day area but who is on official duty or travel status away from that area on that day, it adds.

The holiday applies to an employee under a telework agreement if the employee is scheduled to telework on Inauguration Day at a location within the Inauguration Day area, regardless of the location of the employee’s official worksite, but not to an employee under a telework agreement who is scheduled to telework on Inauguration Day at a location outside the Inauguration Day area, even if the employee’s official worksite is in the Inauguration Day area.

OPM also strongly encouraged agencies in the affected area to allow employees to telework on January 18 and 19, or to allow them to use an alternative work schedule day off, annual leave, leave without pay, previously earned compensatory time off, and/or earned credit hours under a flexible work schedule. Agencies also are to “use all communications tools they have in place, such as hotlines and website updates, to inform employees of any relevant, agency-specific issues” regarding traffic, street and building closures and other potential disruptions to normal commuting and working.