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Recovery & Reopening

Recovery & Reopening
Cumberland County officially moved to the green phase of the state’s reopening plan on June 12, 2020. Below are resources aimed at recovery and reopening for our businesses.

View financing options and other COVID-19 resources here.


View full update from Governor Wolf here and the Department of Health’s FAQs here.

Bars and Restaurants

All businesses in the retail food services industry, including restaurants, wineries, breweries, private clubs, and bars, are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales of food, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, as required by the order, including:

  • Prohibition from conducting operations unless the facility offers sit-down, dine-in meals or is serving take-out sales of alcoholic beverages. All service must be at a table or booth; bar service is prohibited.
  • Alcohol only can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.
  • Take-out sales of alcohol for the purposes of off-site consumption are permitted subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law.
  • Non-bar seating in outdoor areas (i.e. tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating.
  • Social distancing, masking, and other mitigation measures must be employed to protect workers and patrons.
  • Occupancy is limited to 25 percent of stated fire-code maximum occupancy for indoor dining, or 25 persons for a discrete indoor event or gathering in a restaurant. The maximum occupancy limit includes staff.


  • All nightclubs, as defined by the Clean Indoor Air Act, 35 P.S. § 637.2, are prohibited from conducting operations.

Other events and gatherings

Events and gatherings must adhere to these gathering limitations:

  • Indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons are prohibited.
  • Outdoor events and gatherings of more than 250 persons are prohibited.
  • The maximum occupancy limit includes staff.


  • Unless not possible, all businesses are required to conduct their operations in whole or in part remotely through individual teleworking of their employees in the jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which they do business.
  • Where telework is not possible, employees may conduct in-person business operations, provided that the businesses fully comply with all substantive aspects of the business safety order, the worker safety order, and the masking order.

Gyms and fitness facilities

  • All gyms and fitness facilities, while permitted to continue indoor operations, are directed to prioritize outdoor physical fitness activities. All activities must follow masking requirements as provided by the July 1 order, and must provide for social distancing requirements of persons being at least 6 feet apart, as well as being limited by any limitations related to gatherings.


Businesses and individuals in violation of these orders, issued pursuant to the authority granted to the Governor and the Secretary of Health under the law, including the Pennsylvania Disease Control and Prevention Law, could be subject to fines, business closure or other applicable enforcement measures.

Beginning with a spike in cases in Allegheny County in late June, Pennsylvania has seen cases continue to rise there and in other southwest counties, along with additional select counties in the state.

The state has identified three catalysts for case increases:

  • First, some Pennsylvanians have been ignoring mask-wearing requirements and social distancing when they are visiting Pennsylvania bars and restaurants. There they are unknowingly spreading or picking up the virus.
  • Second is out-of-state travel. Both by Pennsylvanians returning from travel to hotspot states, and travelers visiting our commonwealth from those hotspots.
  • And third, a lack of national coordination has resulted in states in the south and west not committing to social distancing.



View the chart below for Guidance Documents by Industry. Please note that this information is not intended to be legal or medical advice.

Amusement Parks and Attractions:   Suggested Plans for Re-opening Commercial Recreational Attractions
Child Care Centers: CDC Issued Guidelines
Construction: State Issued Guidelines
General Office: AIHA Issued Best Practices
Gyms and Workout Facilities: AIHA Issued Best Practices
Hair and Nail Salons:
AIHA Issued Best Practices
AHLA Industry-Wide Hotel Cleaning Standards
Manufacturing: Industry Best Practices & OSHA Issued Guidelines
Non-Healthcare At-Home Service Providers – Repair and Maintenance: AIHA Issued Best Practices
Nursing Home and Long-Term Care Facilities: OSHA Issued Guidance
Passenger Transportation: OSHA Issued Guidance
Real Estate: State Issued Guidance
Retail Food Stores: Industry Best Practices
Retail Pharmacies: OSHA Issued Guidance
Other Retail Stores – Clothing, Sporting Goods, etc.: AIHA Issued Best Practices
Restaurants: Outdoor Dining & Green Dining Guidance, Industry Best Practices Re: Food Safety & PA Restaurant Promise and Best Practices

If you are in need of PPE equipment view the PA Chamber’s list of Companies Providing PPE and Cleaning/Disinfecting Services.


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