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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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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

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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Wolf Administration: CARES Act Funding for Small Businesses Available Today

Beginning today, small businesses across Pennsylvania can apply for grants to offset lost revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting shutdown order.

Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania announced details earlier this month about the grant program, you can read more about the program HERE.

The COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program will provide $225 million in grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to eligible businesses through Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding.

Businesses may begin applying for the COVID-19 Relief Statewide Small Business Assistance program here.

The first application window will remain open for ten days.… Read More

DelcoSTRONG Round 2 – application opens July 7th, 2020!

Recognizing the need to provide support to Delaware County’s local business community, Delaware County has launched round 2 of their DelcoSTRONG Small Business Support Program.  We provided information on round 1 in an earlier post, you can read more about round one HERE.  

The program is being funded through The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) which was signed into law on March 27th and intended to provide emergency assistance and health care response for individuals, families, and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Round 2 has been expanded to include nonprofit organizations and those applications will be administered by the Foundation for Delaware CountyRead More

PA Unemployment update regarding delays

The Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) sent an email communication indicating it is using a phased approach to resolve the outstanding issue which many are experiencing regarding being unable to file for earlier weeks in your Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) claim.

L&I will be opening claim weeks to allow you to file for them on certain days based on the last digit of your Social Security Number (SSN).

PUA claimants not impacted with any missed claim weeks must also file the normal weekly certification on the date assigned by SSN during the roll-out of this solution.

Schedule of SSN Access to the PUA System:

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PA Unemployment to send prepaid debit cards – BE CAREFUL when shredding / discarding junk mail!

We previously posted information regarding PA Unemployment and the widespread fraud (occurring in multiple states) within the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program that provides an additional benefit to workers unemployed as a result of the financial impact of COVID-19 (up to $600 per week through the end of July).  Scammers have been using information from an unidentified security breach to apply for unemployment benefits.  This fraudulent activity is causing concern for applicants experiencing delays of their claim status / benefit payments as well as people who did not apply for unemployment benefits but received a notification or check indicating they had.… Read More

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