YORK – Resources and information are available to businesses and employees who have been affected by Governor Wolf’s order yesterday for nonessential businesses to close due to coronavirus concerns, according to Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York).
At the request of legislators and business leaders, Governor Wolf clarified yesterday which businesses are considered to be nonessential and would be strongly urged or mandated to close for the next 14 days as a result of his order.
“This is an unprecedented time, which is why it is imperative to provide as much information to keep businesses and employees up-to-date with the latest developments,” Phillips-Hill said.
According to the governor, nonessential businesses that are strongly encouraged to close include entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities. This includes community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.
All restaurants and bars are mandated to close their dine-in facilities, but may continue to offer carry-out, delivery and drive-through services.
Essential industries that should continue to operate include food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.
Other businesses are encouraged to allow employees to work remotely or telecommute if possible.
Any business or individual seeking additional information is encouraged to visit the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development’s website at dced.pa.gov.
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) is expected to offer loans that could assist businesses affected by COVID-19. Information will be posted to www.dced.pa.gov/resources as it becomes available.
The Strategic Early Warning Network, administered by the Department of Labor and Industry, offers resources to help small and medium-sized business, including business planning resources and contingency planning, at www.steelvalley.org/coronavirus.
The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry also has a webpage dedicated to helping businesses deal with coronavirus concerns at www.pachamber.org/coronavirus.
Employees who are unable to work because of COVID-19 may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation or workers’ Compensation. The Department of Labor and Industry offers guidance to employees on this issue at www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx.
Phillips-Hill and her staff continue to respond to emails and phone calls left at her offices. The office remains closed to in-person meetings and visitors until further notice.
For more information on the coronavirus pandemic and any state and local news, local citizens are encouraged to follow Senator Phillips-Hill on Facebook (facebook.com/SenatorKristin) and on Twitter (@SenatorKristin).