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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.

TARGETED MITIGATION EFFORTS - Updated 10/6/20

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

UPDATE: 

On July 15, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed new orders for targeted mitigation efforts in response to the recent rise in COVID cases, primarily in southwest Pennsylvania, but also in other counties in the state, influencing the decision for statewide mitigation efforts for bars and restaurants, gatherings and telework. The new orders took effect at 12:01 a.m., Thursday, July 16, 2020.

On October 6, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed an amendment to this Order. The Order, as amended, will take effect on Friday, October 9, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. The mitigation efforts included in the Orders from Gov. Wolf and Dr. Levine include:

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 can only 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 50 percent of stated fire-code maximum occupancy for indoor dining (25% for establishments that have not self-certified). The maximum occupancy limit includes staff.

Nightclubs:

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

Other Events and Gatherings:

  • Venues hosting events or gatherings must determine their established occupancy limit as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code and then apply the attendee calculator to determine how many attendees are permitted to attend the event or gathering.

Maximum Occupancy Calculator for Indoor Events:

  • 0-2,000 people / 20% of Maximum Occupancy
  • 2,001 – 10,000 people / 15% of Maximum Occupancy
  • Over 10,000 people / 10% of Maximum Occupancy up to 3,750 people

Maximum Occupancy Calculator for Outdoor Events:

  • 0-2,000 people 25% of Maximum Occupancy
  • 2,001 – 10,000 people 20% of Maximum Occupancy
  • Over 10,000 people 15% of Maximum Occupancy up to 7,500 people
  • When no fire code capacity is published or available for outdoor events or gatherings venues, establish occupancy as 67 people per 1000 square feet and then apply the maximum occupancy calculator. Venues may also contact their local building code officials if they are unaware of their occupancy limit.

Teleworking:

  • Unless not possible, all businesses are required to conduct their operations 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.

Restaurant Self-Certification Process Now Open

Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced on September 21st, 2020 that restaurants can now access the online self-certification form on PA.gov/COVID. The self-certification is available in English and Spanish, and will be available in other languages soon. The recently announced self-certification process enables restaurants, private social clubs and food service businesses that serve dine-in, sit down food in a regular, non-event capacity to increase indoor occupancy to 50 percent while adhering to mitigation efforts that will keep employees and customers safe. View more details here.

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.

Enforcement

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.

 

REOPENING RESOURCES

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
Lodging:
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.

RECOVERY & REOPENING RESOURCES

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