COVID Mitigation in Pennsylvania
Effective Monday, May 31, 2021, all COVID-19 restrictions related to gatherings, restaurants, and other businesses will be lifted. The masking order will be lifted on June 28 or when 70 percent of adults get their second dose of vaccine, whichever comes first.
These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts.
The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures. More information about this announcement.
Businesses and individuals are encouraged to follow CDC safety guidance.
We must continue to:
- Wear masks in public (both indoor and outdoor).
- Keep our physical distance of six feet or more, while wearing a mask (if not with members from your own household).
- Wash our hands frequently for at least 20 seconds.
- Clean and disinfect surfaces often.
Current Mitigation Measures
Effective Monday, May 31, 2021, all COVID-19 restrictions related to gatherings, restaurants, and other businesses will be lifted.
When put to the test, we are proving our resilience. But we aren’t going back to the way things were before. Now is the time to stay alert so we can keep COVID-19 contained.
Sourcing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Providing PPE to your workers helps protect their health and safety. PPE can include:
- Face shields
- Hand sanitizer
- Medical gowns
- Cleaning supplies and disinfectants
The high demand for PPE can make it hard to find. To help, we have a list of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania.
Employers & Unemployment Compensation
If your business has been affected by COVID-19, you can visit the Employer COVID-19 FAQ Page for more information.
Businesses who are temporarily closed due to COVID-19 will be granted Relief From Charges, and your tax rate will not be increased because of COVID-19-related claims.
The PA Department of Labor & Industry has programs to assist businesses impacted by COVID-19. The Shared-Work program can help keep employees attached to your workplace by allowing an employer to temporarily reduce work hours rather than resorting to layoffs. You can reach the Shared-Work team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, if you are a business that has had to close either temporarily, consider layoffs, or is financially at-risk for permanent closure the Rapid Response Assistance Program is available to assist you with a variety of services and resources to help you and your employees. You can reach the Rapid Response team via email at RA-LI-BWPO-Rapid@pa.gov.
Local Assistance Partners
Businesses have a vast network of services that they can contact to discuss the impact of the Coronavirus on their daily operations and the future of their business. DCED staff and local partner networks are available to help businesses through this challenging time. The following contacts and resources are available to assist affected businesses.
Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop
The Pennsylvania Business One-Stop Shop is a state government office equipped with knowledge, information, and resources for businesses both large and small. Serving as the first point of contact for Pennsylvania business development concerns, the team helps connect and guide businesses through all stages of development — from planning and startup to operating and expanding.
Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance (PREP)
The Partnerships for Regional Economic Performance network of trained and experienced business experts offer one-on-one counseling, specialized workshops, online training, and financial incentives to support the growth and resiliency of Pennsylvania businesses.
PA Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)
The PA Small Business Development Centers are the only statewide, nationally accredited program that provides high quality one-on-one consulting, training and information resources to empower new and existing businesses. he SBDC program is a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development and 18 universities and colleges across the Commonwealth. Offices are conveniently hosted at 18 universities and their 90 outreach centers across Pennsylvania.
Industrial Resource Centers (IRC)
The Industrial Resource Centers are a network of seven private, nonprofit IRCs located strategically throughout Pennsylvania. The IRCs were established to help manufacturers respond to changing markets, new technology and the competitive pressures of today’s global economy. Working collaboratively, company by company, their mission is to help manufacturers envision where they want to be and assist them to achieve it, in addition to giving a voice to an increasingly vital part of Pennsylvania’s economy.
PA Chamber of Business and Industry
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is dedicated to helping business across the Pennsylvania. Now that the coronavirus has made its way to the United States, businesses are seeking information to help their company, their employees and their families. The PA Chamber has compiled many resources and guidance to help businesses prepare.
Strategic Early Warning Network (SEWN)
The Strategic Early Warning Network provides specialized turnaround consulting services to support manufacturing companies. These services can help restructure, stabilize, and rekindle business growth for small-to-medium sized manufacturers in Pennsylvania that are experiencing economic hardship.