Please see below for the most up to date information from the governor’s office and various state agencies regarding COVID-19 orders that impact small businesses.
Governor Tom Wolf (D) has taken executive action that does the following:
Declares a disaster emergency in response to COVID-19.
Presents his plan for reopening the commonwealth with a targeted May 8 start. The administration will categorize reopening into three phases: red, yellow, green. Phases will be assigned based on conditions in a county, counties or region. The administration will first study conditions in the north-central and northwest regions with a target of moving from red to yellow on May 8. Additional monitoring will take place and direction will be provided in the next week. To decide when to move to a new phase, the administration will use Department of Health metrics and a data tool developed by Carnegie Mellon University.
Allows businesses and employees in the real estate industry may conduct limited business-related activities statewide starting May 19, and provided guidance for this industry to operate in red phase and yellow phase counties.
Prohibits evictions and foreclosures until June 10.
Extends the Stay at Home and non-essential business closures order for all counties in red until June 4.
Announces eight additional counties will move to yellow and 17 to green, effective at 12:01 a.m., May 29. All remaining counties in red are expected to move to yellow by June 5 at 12:01 a.m. The counties moving to yellow on May 29 include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Schuylkill. The 17 counties moving to green, also on May 29, include Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren. Counties that remain in red on May 29 and are expected to move to yellow by June 5 include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.
Regulatory actions are being compiled. Please check back shortly.