Last update: 8/03/2020 10:00 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.
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)
Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase matrix to determine when counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on work, congregate settings, and social interactions. View Governor's Wolf's phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. View the testing and contact tracing plans.
Elementary and secondary schools in the state’s yellow and green phases may resume in-person instruction and activities beginning July 1 under a phased reopening approach. Postsecondary institutions and adult basic education programs, effective June 5, to begin in-person instruction immediately following the development of a health and safety plan outlining strategies for safe operations. View the preliminary reopening guidance.
Businesses in the Commonwealth that are permitted to conduct in-person operations during the disaster emergency must take precautions to protect their employees, their employees’ families, and their communities as a whole. View the business guidance and business FAQ.
It is important that as many people as possible wear a nonmedical or homemade mask when leaving their homes. View instructions for how to make a homemade mask
PA Governor Tom Wolf announced new statewide mitigation efforts as Pennsylvania reports a surge in COVID-19 cases. Some of the new restrictions under the Governors order include:
- Bars and restaurants that allow indoor dining will only be able to seat up to 25% of their capacity. The previous restriction was set at 50% capacity. Outdoor dining will not be affected.
- Tele-work must be implemented, whenever possible, and that indoor gatherings will be limited to 25 people, and outdoor gatherings remain at a maximum of 250 people.
- All gyms and fitness facilities, while permitted to continue indoor operations, are directed to prioritize outdoor physical fitness activities.
The order is expected to last “until further notice.”
To view the official order from Governor Wolf please click here.
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
Ask yourself if you really must meet in-person. If you are planning a gathering or event, you need to follow the rules for group sizes, keep physical distances of at least six feet, and restrictions on maximum occupancy.
If you are under the:
- Red phase, stay-at-home orders are in effect. For businesses allowed to operate in the red phase, you should limit groups. If you must meet for a planned gathering or a sudden event, you can have a maximum of 10 people.
- Yellow phase, small groups up to 25 people can meet.
- Green phase, larger groups up to 250 people can be at a gathering or event.
Keep in mind that there are many kinds of gathering and events. These could include meetings, trainings, concerts, fairs, festivals, sporting events, movies, or theater performances. Be careful to keep all the general health and safety rules in mind as you prepare for group activities.
These rules don’t apply to religious gatherings held by churches, synagogues, temples, mosques, or other places of worship. Though we do encourage religious institutions to follow mask wearing, physical distancing, and other general health and safety measures.
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.
EXTRA MONEY for Front-Line Workers
Pennsylvanians working on the “front-lines” against COVID-19 are at greater risk of catching COVID-19 at work. Many are now eligible for additional “hazard pay” of $3 an hour. This $50 million program will be funded by federal COVID-19 aid and is based on a bill approved in April and May by Pennsylvania lawmakers. Those eligible for the additional pay include assisted living facility and hospital workers, grocery store employees, farm workers, and ambulance and bus drivers. The workers must be earning less than $20 an hour. The additional pay would last for 10 weeks, with a maximum of $1,200 per employee. Only employers can apply for this program for their employees. You can file applications with the Department of Community and Economic Development.
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.
AUGUST 8---Paycheck Protection Program Deadline Extended
The Paycheck Protection Program is continuing to accept applications for loans for businesses impacted by COVID-19. The new deadline to apply is now August 8, 2020. To view a list of lenders participating in the PPP program as well as directions on how to apply click here.