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  • 08 Jun 2020 4:09 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    COVID-19 Business Assistance

    Process to Reopen Pennsylvania
    The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented event that has impacted every part of the globe. All Pennsylvanians – businesses, communities, neighbors – have been affected and the Commonwealth has responded aggressively to the spread of COVID-19.

    As stabilization starts to occur, Pennsylvania plans to proceed with returning to work cautiously. On April 22, Governor Tom Wolf announced his detailed plan for reopening Pennsylvania, categorizing the reopening with three phrases: red, yellow, and green. Phases are based on the conditions in the county, counties, or regions.

    Below we will review what guidance is needed for businesses located in green phase counties.

    Green Phase
    As regions or counties move into the green phase, most restrictions will be eased, and the stay at home and business closure orders will remain suspended to allow PA’s economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.

    Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions

    Telework strongly encouraged

    In-person business operations must follow the COVID-19 Business Guidance

    All businesses operating at 50% occupancy in the yellow phase may increase to 75% occupancy

    Child care may open complying with guidance

    Congregate care restrictions in place

    Prison and hospital restrictions determined by individual facilities

    Schools subject to CDC and Commonwealth guidance

    Social Restrictions

    Large gatherings of more than 250 prohibited

    Restaurants and bars open at 50% occupancy with continued implementation of the Restaurant Industry Guidance

    Personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) open at 50% occupancy by appointment only

    Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, and personal care services (such as gyms and spas) open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged

    All entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) open at 50% occupancy

    Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of the Construction Guidance

    For any questions, contact the Department of Community and Economic Development at 1.866.466.3972 or stay up-to-date with COVID-19 information by visiting the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Responding to COVID-19 Guide.





    PA Department of Community & Economic Development |

  • 08 Jun 2020 11:57 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    City offices will re-open tomorrow.  Services for the public remain under the same restrictions that were in place prior to the demonstrations.  City-supported food distributions sites will be open tomorrow as well.  3-1-1 will be open and accepting calls.

  • 08 Jun 2020 11:28 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Beginning today, Septa is requiring all riders to wear face coverings when using their service.

    All SEPTA lines are running on a normal schedule.  Regional Rail continues to run on Lifeline Services. 

  • 05 Jun 2020 2:25 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     Here is the latest update on Demonstration and Civil Unrest Activities

    • A Citywide curfew will go into effect at 8:00 PM this evening. 
    • No secure perimeter is in effect for the city today. If that changes we will let you know.
    • All public transit is running on schedule (COVID-19 restrictions in place)
    • Today’s scheduled protest activity: Please note that there is a forecast for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and some demonstration activity may be altered
    • Currently – Large, peaceful group in Mt. Airy
    • 12:00 PM 4th Annual Stop Killing Us - March to DC - 8th & Race 
    • 1:00 PM White Coats for Black Lives Matter  -Lubbert Plaza Hamilton Building at 10th & Locust 
    • 1:00 PM White Coats for Black Lives Observance - Franklin Field - March to City Hall
    • 2:00 PM Peaceful Protest for George Floyd at Love Park
    • 3:00 PM Candle Light Vigil for Breonna Taylor - Drexel Park - 3100 Powelton Street
    • 5:00 PM March on Mayfair - 5617 Tulip Street
    • Tomorrow’s scheduled protest activity: 
    • Saturday - 12:00 PM - March Against Racist Police Brutality & The Repression of Protest - Art Museum steps (This is anticipated to be a very large protest in terms of numbers of participants)
  • 05 Jun 2020 2:06 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Thursday, 6/4, Mayor Kenney announced the formation of a reconciliation committee in the wake of days of protests and unrest in the city.

    The committee will include civic and faith leaders, young people, community organizers and representatives from the LGBTQ community.

  • 03 Jun 2020 1:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Joint Statement from Mayor’s and City Advisory Commissions on Protests in Philadelphia

    "As Philadelphians and members of the advisory Commissions representing diverse backgrounds, we recognize and stand in solidarity with all individuals, families, and communities that have faced racial violence and systemic injustice. Racism has plagued our nation since its birth. To the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other People of Color who live with the trauma, pain, grief, and rage brought about by the ignorance of the past and present, we see, hear, and value you."

  • 03 Jun 2020 11:49 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Citywide curfew remains in effect from 6pm tonight to 6am Thursday morning.  During the curfew, people may leave their homes only to go to work at essential businesses or to seek medical attention of police assistance.

  • 03 Jun 2020 10:55 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The city of Philadelphia on Wednesday morning took down a statue of the former mayor Frank Rizzo, a champion of conservatives who aggressively policed black people and gay people in the 1960s and ’70s, and whose likeness has long been criticized as a symbol of racism and oppression.

    Mayor Kenney said that the statue was already scheduled to be removed in 2021 - according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. But he said the protests showed that the statue “had to go away for us to understand where we need to go to look forward.”

  • 03 Jun 2020 10:44 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    The City’s Safer at Home plan and executive order outline how Philadelphia will begin to reopen for business when the current Stay-at-Home Order is lifted, which may occur as soon as Friday, June 5, 2020. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health continues to advise residents that they are “safer at home,” and should only leave to engage in essential activities.

    The move to Safer at Home is dependent on the data tracked by the Department of Public Health. While we don't know what effect current events will have on the virus’s spread, we continue to monitor the metrics and based on what we’re seeing, we will make an official decision in the next few days.

    Learn more about how the City is safely supporting the reopening of businesses here.

    Lower-risk activities permitted to operate within certain parameters during the Safer-at-Home Order (Yellow Phase) include:

    ·    Restaurants (including food trucks and walk-up ordering, no dine-in service)

    ·    Retail businesses (curbside and delivery are strongly encouraged)

    ·    Child care centers

    ·    Outdoor youth day camps and recreation

    ·    Outdoor parks-related amenities

    ·    Office-based businesses (telework still required whenever feasible)

    ·    Consumer banking

    ·    Automobile sales

    ·    Real estate activities

    ·    Manufacturing

    ·    Warehouse operations

    Continued Precautions: 

    Businesses will be required by the Safer-at-Home Order to follow a safety checklist of operations called “Safe Mode” to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

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