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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.

Questions?
For more about the self-certification program read our Frequently Asked Questions or email us at covidselfcert@pa.gov.

 

Safety and Patience are key to business success. Please help us keep our community members, including yourself, safe by following all CDC guidelines.

JIM THORPE VISITORS DETAILS

Resource pages for Lehigh Valley Health Network Pocono and St. Luke’s University Health Network Pocono offer information on health-related issues due to COVID-19.

Businesses Guidance

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.

Pennsylvania COVID-19 PPE & Supplies Business-2-Business (B2B) Interchange Directory

COVID 19 Guidance (from the PA Dept. of Health) 

In Pennsylvania, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home. Masks are mandatory in all public spaces. Have questions about mask wearing? View the Universal Face Coverings Order FAQ.

WORK & CONGREGATE SETTING RESTRICTIONS
  • Telework Must Continue Where Feasible
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements
  • All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy, Except Where Noted for Bars and Restaurants
  • Masks Are Required in Businesses
  • 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

 

FOR EMPLOYERS

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:

  • Masks
  • Face shields
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Medical gowns
  • Gloves
  • Thermometers
  • 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

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS
  • Gathering Limits Determined Using Maximum Occupancy Calculator
  • Masks Are Required in all Public Spaces
  • Self-certified Restaurants May Open at 50% Capacity for Indoor Dining
  • On-premises Alcohol Consumption Prohibited Unless Part of a Meal; Cocktails-to-go and Carryout Beverages are Allowed
  • Serving Alcohol for on-site Consumption Must End at 11:00 PM and All Alcoholic Beverages Must Be Removed From Patrons by Midnight
  • Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only
  • Indoor Recreation and Health and Wellness Facilities (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged; Fitness Facilities Are Directed to Prioritize Outdoor Fitness Activities
  • All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols

FOR WORKERS

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.

  1. Contact your local health department or a law enforcement agency.
  2. Use the PA Department of Health’s webform to submit a complaint.
  3. If in violation of OSHA guidance, file a complaint at OSHA.gov.

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:

 

FAQ for Business

 

Assistance is Available for Pennsylvanians Experiencing Homelessness, Unable to Pay Rent and Mortgages

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.

Stop the Spread, Stay Home, Stay Safe

Contact:

Please contact info@carboncountychamber.org if you would like to be connected with more information regarding COVID-19.

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