Thank you to those that called in and listened to the March 17th Delaware County Business Impact & Resources for CO-VID19 session. For those that could not make the call recording can be found here.
In addition, resources of speakers/agencies on the call are listed below.
Trish McFarland, President
Delaware County Chamber of Commerce
Find resources, see what other businesses are doing or submit what you're doing during the COVID-19 social distancing: www.delcochamber.org/coronavirus
Carol Kilko, Deputy Secretary
Department of Community and Economic Development
Governor Wolf's Action Team
Brian Zidek, Chair of Delaware County Council
County Press Releases: https://www.delcopa.gov/publicrelations/releases.html
Delaware County Senior Medical Advisor
Karen Masciantonio | Workforce Development Representative
Department of Labor and Industry
John Fleming & Steven Dixel
Small Business Administration
Disaster Assistance Program: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance
Donna Tutak, PA CareerLink
Patrick Killian & Laura Goodrich Cairns
Delaware County Commerce Center
Southeast PA Regional Business Impacts Survey: https://survey123.arcgis.com/share/d805663f537744ccb79ae18a569a1acb
Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon
Further Coronavirus19 Information and Resources -
In response to the Coronavirus, Governor Tom Wolf has called for all schools and “non-essential” businesses to close for until at least March 27th. The Wolf Administration has indicated that they are not forcing businesses to close, but is asking only listed essential services remain open. Those 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..
Restaurants can remain open for only take-out and delivery services. Other types of companies are urged to tele-commute and limit public interaction.
Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to 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
The Administration has also closed nonessential government services, including Wine and Sprit stores by 9pm on Tuesday.
Delaware County Council and Commerce Center is working to help share info and resources for our County’s workers as well as the businesses community and is urging companies to respond to a survey to collect further info.
The State Legislature has approved remote voting for both the full floor and committee meetings and is working with the Governor to respond to the Coronavirus for health, insurance, business, workforce and educational support.
In addition, DCED has listed on their website a list of capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19 as they become available including an Economic Injury Disaster Loan program to businesses affected by the Coronavirus. As part of the process to access those funds, the Governor, DCED and PEMA are currently working with local partners and the Small Business Administration to identify businesses economically affected by COVID-19. Senator Tom Killion introduced legislation that would have table game revenue available for “a zero interest small business economic injury loan program” run by Department of Community and Economic Development.
Congresswoman Mary Gay Scanlon, Senator Robert Casey and Senator Patrick Toomey and their colleagues in the US Congress are also considering further legislation to respond to the Coronavirus outbreak. The President has asked for an $850 billion stimulus package and the Delaware County Chamber is urging Congress and the Administration to consider the US Chamber’s recommendations of: