Last update: 10/19/2020 11:30 AM
This page is a resource for our Carbon County, PA residents, businesses and travel and tourism partners and visitors on factual information about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). We will continue to make regular updates to this page as necessary. Please feel free to share this resource with anyone whom you know who can benefit.
PA Restaurant and Bar Update- 9/23/20
Self-Certification Form Now Open
The online self-certification form for COVID compliant businesses is now open on the Pennsylvania COVID website.
Restaurants can now show customers and workers they are protecting their health, safety, and economy by completing the new self-certification form. The online form requires restaurants to confirm they are complying with all CDC and state public health guidance and safety requirements.
There is no cost to participate. Enrolling in the program is voluntary, and participating restaurants receive:
- Permission to increase indoor dining from 25% to 50% occupancy beginning today
- A listing on the searchable public Open & Certified Pennsylvania Business Directory
- Free Open & Certified Pennsylvania signs for your physical location, website, and social media
- Timely updates, reminders, and alerts for new business guidance and resources
Self-certifying will not lead to any additional inspections. If you have a COVID-19 related violation you will first get warnings and education, rather than fines or other penalties.
Please share this information with your networks, restaurant and food service partners, and community.
Safety and Patience are key to business success. Please help us keep our community members, including yourself, safe by following all CDC guidelines.
In Pennsylvania businesses, everyone must wear a mask. That includes workers and customers.
Looking for additional masking signage to display in your business? Here is a “No Mask, No Service” poster that is available for download.
Employers are required to provide masks to workers. To help with the sourcing of face masks and other PPE, we have a list of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania.
COVID 19 Guidance (from the PA Dept. of Health)
|WORK & CONGREGATE SETTING RESTRICTIONS|
There are common things every business must do when reopening in-person locations. You play a critical role in protecting your workers, customers, suppliers, and the general public. All businesses with in-person operations should follow the building and business safety guidelines issued by the PA Secretary of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These guidelines may change over time, so be sure to check back for updates. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations still apply.
Printable Business Safety Signs
You must print, sign, and post the COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses near all public entrances and in worker common areas. Signs should be easy to spot. Two sizes are available for download. You need to only hang one version of the sign, so use the size that works best for your printer.
One is for standard legal-sized paper (8.5×14 inches) and only uses one piece of paper.
The second option is for letter-sized paper (8.5×11 inches) and uses two pieces of paper.
Sourcing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
Providing PPE to your workers helps protect their health and safety. PPE can include:
- Face shields
- Hand sanitizer
- Medical gowns
- Cleaning supplies and disinfectants
The high demand for PPE can make it hard to find. To help, we have a list of PPE manufacturers and suppliers in Pennsylvania.
Gatherings & Events
Workers reporting to in-person jobs are at risk for catching and spreading COVID-19. The good news is, you can do a lot to reduce your risk. By following all health and safety measures at work, you’ll be helping to protect your own health and safety. Not to mention the health and safety of your coworkers, suppliers, and customers.
If you’re looking for more specific information, be sure to check out the COVID-19 Guidance and Resources page.
Worker Protections & Responsibilities
Your health and safety are a top priority. Your employer is responsible for protecting you, but you also have a few responsibilities too. You should take a few minutes to:
- Learn about COVID-19 symptoms. Tell your supervisor if you are sick. Stay home if you have any symptoms.
- Read the new Safety Checklist all businesses must follow.
- Wear a mask. It really reduces the risk of spreading or catching the virus. If you’re not in healthcare or a first responder, a fabric or cloth mask is enough. You can learn more about masks from the PA Department of Health’s mask guidance.
- Keep your physical distance. Stay at least six feet from others. If you must be closer than six feet, make sure your employer has physical barriers or shields in place.
- Wash your hands frequently. Scrub your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use hand sanitizer if you can’t get to a sink.
- Keep high-touch surfaces and equipment clean. Help disinfect common areas, shared spaces, and shared equipment.
Reporting Health & Safety Violations
There are several options for reporting possible workplace health and safety violations related to COVID-19.
Unemployment Compensation (UC)
Unemployment Compensation (UC) benefits provide roughly half of your full-time weekly income up to $572 per week. During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made changes to the regular Unemployment Compensation program, including:
- Suspending the Waiting Week. Usually you can’t receive unemployment benefits during your first week of unemployment. Now you can.
- Temporarily waiving the Work Search and Work Registration requirements for everyone claiming UC. Right now, you do not have to prove you applied or searched for a new job to keep receiving UC benefits. You also do not have to register with PACareerLink.gov.
The federal CARES Act expands UC benefits through several new programs:
- Gig-economy workers, independent contractors, and self-employed individuals who usually would not qualify for UC can apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
- All UC recipients get an additional $600 per week, on top of regular UC benefits with the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program.
- You can receive up to 39 weeks of UC benefits. That includes 26 weeks of regular UC benefits, plus 13 weeks of extra coverage through the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) program.
Supplier Directory: The administration recognizes the difficulty of procuring materials businesses need to safely resume operations. In order to address this concern, the Department of Community and Economic Development created a supplier directory for protective materials. To view the supplier directory.