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COVID-19 Resources for Businesses, Communities, and Local Governments

A collection of COVID-19 resources.

The COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented event that has impacted every part of the globe. All Pennsylvanians – businesses, communities, neighbors – have been affected and the Commonwealth has responded aggressively to the spread of COVID-19.

As stabilization continues, Pennsylvanians must remain vigilant. The virus is relentless, but with our determination and can-do spirit, we will win.

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To help our businesses, communities and local governments navigate the changing landscape, DCED is providing a round-up of resources and partners ready to help. Here you will find information about:

 

Questions for DCED? Contact DCED Customer Service by calling 1.866.466.3972 or by email at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov.
Contact the Center for Local Government Services by calling 1.888.223.6837.

For program specific questions:

Wolf Administration to Lift Mitigation Orders On Memorial Day, Masking Order Once 70% Of Pennsylvania Adults Fully Vaccinated

05/04/2021

Harrisburg, PA - The Wolf administration, in coordination with the COVID-19 Vaccine Joint Task Force, announced today that mitigation orders except masking will be lifted on Memorial Day, Monday, May 31 at 12:01 AM.

The current order requiring Pennsylvanians to wear masks will be lifted when 70% of Pennsylvanians age 18 and older are fully vaccinated. Face coverings are required to be worn indoors and outdoors if you are away from your home. In accordance with the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance, fully vaccinated Pennsylvanians are not required to wear a mask during certain activities.

“We continue to make significant progress in the fight to stop the spread of COVID-19 and as more Pennsylvania adults get vaccinated and guidance from the CDC evolves, we can continue to move forward with our reopening efforts,” ​Department of Health Acting Secretary Alison Beam said. “I encourage Pennsylvanians to take the critical steps needed to put this pandemic behind us by getting vaccinated, follow through with both doses if you receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, and continue to take steps like masking, frequent hand washing and sanitizing and social distancing.”

Requirements such as testing and reporting ​new cases will remain in place for hospitals and long-term care facilities. Maintaining requirements for hospitals and long-term care facilities wi​ll allow Pennsylvania to continue to closely monitor COVID-19 spread while lifting other restrictions.

The Department of Health recommends that Pennsylvanians refer to CDC guidance and recommendations regarding ongoing COVID-19 safety measures and procedures.

These updates will not prevent municipalities and school districts from ​continuing and implementing stricter mitigation efforts.

“With millions of Pennsylvanians getting vaccinated, it’s time to plan the transition back to normal,” said Sen. Art Haywood. Hospitalizations and deaths are down. This action today is a key step forward.”

“While the restrictions that were put in place at the outset of the pandemic have been a major source of frustration for many Pennsylvanians and businesses, it is the collaborative work of this bipartisan Task Force that is allowing us to finally roll back the restrictions and get back to normal life,” said Sen. Ryan Aument.

“I’m thrilled after more than a year that we are able to lift these restrictions so that we can move to more normal life,” said Rep. Tim O’Neal. “This will help grow our economy and assist our small businesses that have sacrificed so much due to COVID-19. Thank you to Pennsylvanians who have chosen to be vaccinated. Your efforts have helped us arrive at today.”

“I am proud of the progress we have made with vaccinations throughout Pennsylvania,” said Rep. Bridget Kosierowski. “Lifting mitigation orders on Memorial Day and announcing that masking orders will be lifted once 70 percent of Pennsylvania’s adults are fully vaccinated are all benefits from following the scientific medical research and data. Many sacrifices had been made over the past year while we waited for help. The help is now here in the form of a vaccine and we must do everything we can to encourage everyone to receive their vaccination so we can overcome this pandemic. Let’s follow the science, because it’s the path to us all returning to normalcy.”

The governor’s Proclamation of Disaster Emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic remains in place.

All Pennsylvanians ages 16 and older are eligible to schedule a COVID-19 vaccine. The provider map is available on the Department of Health’s website. Pennsylvanians with questions about the vaccination process can call the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

More information is available on the COVID-19 Data Dashboard.

MEDIA CONTACT: Barry Ciccocioppo - ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov

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The Chamber works every day to improve the economy and quality of life in the Lehigh Valley.Our mission unites us with business people and communities across the Lehigh Valley, as we...

  • Purposefully connect businesses (The Power of Partnerships)
  • Enhance the vitality of our communities (On Every Main Street)
  • Promote the benefits of diversity in the workplace (21st Century Chamber)

...and now more than ever, we are here for you.
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ReOpen Carbon County | Back to Business

If you plan on re-opening safely, please let us know so we can update our community via the CCEDC COVID19 Support Local page.  You can email us at info@carboncountychamber.org Please include the following information: Company Name, Contact Person, Address, Website, Phone, Hours of Operation, and Offerings/Special Announcements.

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Pocono Promise

Pocono businesses, join the CCEDC and sign the Pocono Promise today!

Pocono Promise

Last updated: 5/19/2021 at 9:50am

Our Pledge, Our Promise

The Pocono Promise is a community commitment to protect the health, safety and well-being of our residents, employees and you, the visitors, by following all federal, state, and local public health guidelines.

For years, businesses in the Pocono Mountains have been committed to the safety and welfare of their guests and patrons. It remains the central focus of our proprietors as they have pledge to follow the Pocono Promise!

If you are fully vaccinated you can resume activities. PDF File without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where required by federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance. Updated

The Pocono Promise. PDF File is a continued promise our businesses, festivals, parks and restaurants all plan to keep and deliver upon under any circumstances. For resources outlining public health guidelines visit our COVID-19 page.

View a list of businesses who signed the Pocono Promise and are committed to the health and safety of their guests.

Updated Masking Guidance Information

OUR PROMISE TO YOU

  • We maintain aggressive cleaning protocols throughout the facility by cleaning and sanitizing:
  • Common areas and high touch surfaces regularly.
  • Items and places used by other guests after every use.
  • We administer health surveys to all staff prior to their start of shift.
  • We adhere to social distancing guidelines established for our facility.
  • We provide readily available hand sanitizer or hand washing stations.
  • We train all our employees on the necessary measures that ensure the safety of our guests and staff.
  • We use masks and personal protective equipment. Updated Mask Guidelines. PDF File
  • We are available to speak with you directly about any questions or concerns you may have to make your experience the best it can be.
  • We will continue to give you the same level of service and hospitality you have come to expect, now enhanced through updated situational guidance.

We know that travel was a big commitment before all of this. That is why we want to make all the information available to you when you are planning your next getaway to the Poconos.

YOUR PROMISE TO US

  • Patience is important for everyone during this time and we thank you in advance for exercising as much patience as you can in all situations.
  • Follow the guidance provided on the signs located in our facility outlining:
  • Stay home and plan another time to visit if you have been:
    • Experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, or shortness of breath)
    • Recovering from or exposed to COVID-19 within the last 14 days
    • Diagnosed with underlying health conditions
    • Concerned about contracting COVID-19
  • Keeping the Pocono Mountains Clean and Green
    • Prevention – Hold onto your trash until you can dispose of it properly.
    • Leave No Trace – When exploring the Poconos, any trash with you. Leave only footprints on hiking trails, rivers, and downtown streets.
    • Come Prepared – If you are visiting for the day, create a plan for the trash you may generate. If there are no trash cans where you will be exploring, bring a trash bag with you and find the closest public trash drop-off - or put it in the trunk and bring it home. Never leave trash on the side of the road, or in any unsolicited area.
    • To learn more, visit our Pick Up The Poconos page.

Ready to sign the Pocono Promise?

Learn more about the Pocono Promise and get access to a variety of printable signage and other resources after you sign.

Printable Office Signage

From The Chamber

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