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Delco Strong Round 3 – Guidelines now available

The Delaware County Council has designated funding for a third round of the Delco Strong grant program.  The program is funded through CARES Act dollars (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act signed into law by President Trump on March 27, 2020) allocated to the county to help sustain the economic challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Applications will be accepted beginning 5am  November 2 and ending at 5pm on November 13th.

The below guidelines for applying for the program can be found HERE:

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Small Business Support Grant Program » Program Guidelines

Application Period

5:00am Monday, November 2, 2020 through 5:00pm Friday,  November 6, 2020.Read More

Indoor dining resumes in Philadelphia at 25% capacity

Beginning September 8,  indoor dining resumed in the city of Philadelphia under specific restrictions that are largely consistent with indoor dining restrictions statewide. The City’s new indoor dining restrictions include, but are not limited to:

  • Restaurants cannot be filled to more than 25 percent capacity.
  • No more than four diners per table.
  • Tables must be arranged so that diners at separate tables are at least six feet apart or have an impermeable barrier between them.
  • Servers must wear both masks and face shields for additional protection.
  • No bar service. Alcohol can be served only for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.
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Governor Wolf Announces Restaurants May Increase Indoor Occupancy to 50 Percent Starting September 21

A press released from Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania announced September 8th, 2020 that restaurants may increase their indoor occupancy to 50 percent of occupancy (based on fire code) beginning September 21, 2020.   The press release can be read in full HERE.

Also beginning September 21, 2020, restaurants that serve alcohol will be required to end alcohol sales at 10:00 PM.

The release also provided information about the establishment of a Pennsylvania government database (Open & Certified Pennsylvania) where restaurant owners planning to expand to 50% of occupancy must self-certify they are strictly complying with public health safety guidelines and orders.… Read More

Pennsylvania’s ​Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) – extra $300 unemployment benefit now available

The Pennsylvania Office of Unemployment Compensation provided information  for unemployed Pennsylvanians eligible for an extra $300 unemployment benefit made available from the federal government to support Americans who became unemployed as a result of the COVID-19 related virus mitigation measures.

The below information can also be accessed HERE.

​Lost Wages Assistance Program

The federal Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) Program gives Pennsylvania $1.5 billion to provide an extra $300 a week in additional funds to individuals that are unemployed (or partially unemployed) because of COVID-19.

LWA Program Eligibility

  • You must be fully or partially unemployed due to COVID-19, and
  • You must have a weekly benefit rate + dependent allowance totaling $100 or more, and
  • You must receive a payment each week from one of the qualifying programs:
    • Unemployment Compensation
    • Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
    • Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
    • State Extended Benefits
    • Shared-Work
    • Trade Readjustment Allowances
You will certify only ONCE for the LWA program.
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FFCRA paid leave updates including DOL guidance on eligibility for in a remote learning environment

On March 18, the  Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) was signed into law to respond to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Included in the legislation was a provision requiring employers (generally businesses with less than 500 employees with an exemption for public health employees)  to provide Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Emergency Paid Medical Leave when employees met certain criteria.  The paid leave would be funded by the federal government through payroll tax credits.

The effective date for the emergency paid leave provision was April 2, 2020 and the Department of Labor announced the regulations for implementation through a temporary rule issued April 1, 2020 that expires December 31, 2020.Read More

NJEDA E-Commerce Technical Assistance Program

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Second round of applications for PA small business grant program begins today; ends August 28th.

We reported earlier on the availability of small business grants for Pennsylvania businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related public health measures.  See our earlier post for more information about the program by clicking HERE. The second and final round of funding is open starting today through 11:59 PM on Friday, August 28.

Pennsylvania Governor, Tom Wolf announced the grant program earlier this year.  The grant program was made available as a component of the 2.6 billion in federal stimulus funds allocated to the state  through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES).

Eligible applicants not awarded in the first round do not need to reapply and will be rolled into the next round for consideration.… Read More

Delaware offers Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (H.E.L.P)

Governor John Carney of Delaware announced the Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) earlier this year to provide financial relief for restaurants, bars and other hospitality industry businesses that employ thousands of Delawareans.

The Hospitality Emergency Loan Program (HELP) to provide funds to some of the most significantly impacted by COVID19 virus mitigation measures.   The program offers no-interest loans of up to $10,000 per business per month and is available to eligible businesses in the hospitality industry.  The Division of Small Business will administer the program using existing state funds.

For businesses under NAICS code 7225, the revenue cap is $15 million. Read More

PA opens portal for hazard pay grant

The COVID-19 PA Hazard Pay Grant Program was established to help employers provide hazard pay to employees in life-sustaining occupations during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Hazard pay is intended to keep front-line employees working in sectors that are vital to every Pennsylvanians’ existence. The program will help employers provide hazard pay for their employees to retain current employees. 

Created through the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, this reimbursement-based grant is available to employers offering hazard pay during the eligible program period and will be administered by the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED). Businesses may apply for grants up to a maximum of $3 million.Read More

Wolf restricts restaurant capacity, alcohol sales, and public gatherings in PA

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf released new restrictions in a press release you can read HERE.

The mitigation efforts included in the new orders from Gov. Wolf and Dr. Levine include:

Bars and Restaurants

All businesses in the retail food services industry, including restaurants, wineries, breweries, private clubs, and bars, are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales of food, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, as required by the order, including:

  • Prohibition from conducting operations unless the facility offers sit-down, dine-in meals or is serving take-out sales of alcoholic beverages.
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