Non-life-sustaining businesses may continue to operate remotely virtually or by telework (i.e. working from home) conducted individually, and in doing so must follow the social distancing and other COVID-19 mitigation guidance provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Health and CDC.
What's a non-life sustaining business? and other FAQ's
After looking at this list and you're still not sure, further clarification can be asked by emailing the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) customer service resource account at email@example.com, or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH and select option 1 to reach DCED staff.
For businesses that determine from the list that they are non-life sustaining, but would like to seek a waiver, there is an online waiver application.
On Thursday, March 19, we shared and participated in a call with Senator Toomey shortly after President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRC). On that call he discusses some more details about what that means for employers and their employees. You can listen to the call recording here.
Two major pieces of this legislation are as follows:
Below is a summary about the FFCRC provided to us by the Pennsylvania Small Business Development Center.
Also a Paid Leave Employer Guide from the US Chamber of Commerce.
SBA Disaster Loans are open! We have been told the best way to apply is online. Please know when you get into the application you have to select "state and county" then choose the disaster you are applying under. There are 3 COVID-19 options under Delaware County. (See photo.) There is no tangible difference to any of them. The application speaks to physical losses (real estate, equipment), not pandemic. I suggest answering every question, and know there is a narrative section to document the problems your business faces as a result of this crisis. It also talks as if the event is over, so consider the ongoing, continuation of the virus and how that will affect your business when responding/describing the loss of revenue. Technical questions can be directed to the SBA regional office in King of Prussia (610) 382-3062, there are additional resources listed below.