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Last update: 04/12/2021 4:25 PM

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.

 

Grants for Venue Operators

Updated 4/12/2021 : Click here to download PDF

Beginning April 8, 2021, venue operators that have been impacted by COVID-19 will be able to apply for the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Shuttered Venue Operators Grant (SVOG) program. The program has allocated over $16 billion in grants for shuttered venues, to be administered by SBA’s Office of Disaster Assistance.

Eligibility Includes:

  • Live venue operators or promoters
  • Theatrical producers
  • Live performing arts organization operators
  • Relevant museum operators, zoos, and aquariums
  • Motion picture theater operations
  • Talent representatives

Eligible businesses must have been in operation as of February 29, 2020. If the venue or promoter received a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan on or after December 27, 2020, the SVOG will be reduced by the PPP loan amount.

Webinar Opportunity on March 30th

Join the SBA for an upcoming SVOG webinar to learn about the documentation eligible entities will need to apply and insight on what the application process will look like. Register to save your seat.

Date: Tuesday, March 30, 2021

When: 2:30 – 4:00PM

Where: Online (registration required): CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

March 15, 2021

PA Restrictions on Restaurants Eased

Today, Governor Wolf announced changes to restrictions on restaurants in Pennsylvania.

Beginning April 4, restaurants may:

  • Resume bar service
  • Alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food
  • The curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted
  • Indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75 percent for those restaurants that are currently self-certified and those that undergo the self-certification process
  • Restaurants that do not self-certify, may raise capacity to 50 percent
  • Outdoor dining, curbside pick-up and takeout are still encouraged.

Requirements such as mask-wearing, and social distancing, including 6 feet between diners, also still apply.

Capacity for other businesses also will be increased effective April 4, including moving personal services facilities, gyms and entertainment facilities (casinos, theatres, malls) to 75 percent occupancy.

Maximum occupancy limits for indoor events allow for 25% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size, and maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events allow for 50% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.

To view the Governors press release click here.

Carbon County COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP)

February 25, 2021

Program Guidelines and Applications are now available for interested hospitality industry businesses who are interested in applying for a grant through the newly created Covid-19 Hospitality Recovery Program (CHIRP).

Key eligibility items*:

  1. The business applying must fall under the NAICS Code for Accommodations (721) or Food Services or Drinking (722)
  2. The business has a tangible net worth of less than $15,000,000 and less than 300 employees.
  3. The business must have been in operation on February 20, 2020, paid Federal and State Income Taxes and plans to remain open.
  4. COVID-19 has had an adverse economic impact on the business and the business can provide proof of those impacts. Priority will be given to those businesses who can show a 25% reduction in gross revenue receipts from 2019 to 2020.
  5. Priority will also be given to those businesses who have not received any prior COVID-19 funding, but those who did receive other funds are not necessarily disqualified.
  6. If any prior COVID-19 funding was awarded to the business, the expenses covered by those funds are NOT eligible for submission to CHIRP. Additional eligible expenses must be submitted.

Click Here for COVID19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program Guidelines

Click Here for COVID19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program Application

 

Applications will be accepted by CCEDC starting March 1, 2021.

Questions can be directed to CCEDC at (610) 379-5000.

*These are not all-inclusive.  See Program Guidelines for details on eligibility.

Resource pages for Lehigh Valley Health Network and St. Luke’s University Health Network 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.

PA Restaurant & Bar Update

​March 15, 2021

PA Restrictions on Restaurants Eased

Today, Governor Wolf announced changes to restrictions on restaurants in Pennsylvania.

Beginning April 4, restaurants may:

  • Resume bar service
  • Alcohol service will be allowed without the purchase of food
  • The curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables will be lifted
  • Indoor dining capacity will be raised to 75 percent for those restaurants that are currently self-certified and those that undergo the self-certification process
  • Restaurants that do not self-certify, may raise capacity to 50 percent
  • Outdoor dining, curbside pick-up and takeout are still encouraged.

Requirements such as mask-wearing, and social distancing, including 6 feet between diners, also still apply.

Capacity for other businesses also will be increased effective April 4, including moving personal services facilities, gyms and entertainment facilities (casinos, theatres, malls) to 75 percent occupancy.

Maximum occupancy limits for indoor events allow for 25% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size, and maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events allow for 50% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.

To view the Governors press release click here.

 

Self-Certification Form Now Open - Open & Certified Pennsylvania

Businesses are the heartbeat our economy. They provide us with essential services, products, food, and jobs. Now it’s our turn to support our local businesses. Let’s OPENnsylvania and keep our businesses running to protect our community and economy.

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Become an Open & Certified Pennsylvania Restaurant.

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Contact:

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

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