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Reopening Huntingdon County
Several people who have completed the survey that we sent last evening are confused as to what the guidance is from Huntingdon County elected officials as far as reopening. Click here to read the letter sent to the Governor. According to Commissioner Sather, the Huntingdon County Commissioners will support any business that chooses to reopen as long as they follow the PA Department of Health and CDC Guidelines. Supporting means that they will not encourage them to close. Click here for the CDC guidelines. Click here for the PA Department of Health Guidelines.
As you are probably aware, the Governor held a press conference yesterday where he stated that businesses that choose to reopen before being authorized to do so by him, will risk losing their licenses, among other things. You can watch his press conference here.
If you do choose to reopen, we recommend that you contact your insurance company to make sure that you will be covered under a government imposed shut down. You may also want to talk to your attorney to see what the consequences may be if you decide to ignore the Governor’s order. I had a conversation with Gene Barr, President of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry, this morning and they will consult with their attorney and get that information to us also so that we can share it with you.
According to Senator Corman there is legislation currently being considered that will give the power to make the decision to reopen to the counties instead of the state.
CARES ACT LOANS
Paycheck Protection Program
A program overview can be found here.
A borrower information sheet can be found here.
A borrower Paycheck Protection Program application can be found here.
A lender information fact sheet can be found here.
A list of participating lenders can be found here.
Department of Treasury's FAQ's can be found here. (Released April 8)
Economic Injury Disaster Loan
The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) Program Guide can be found here.
UC Eligibility & COVID-19 Information for Workers Impacted
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance portal is for individuals who are ineligible for regular UC but lost income due to COVID-19 and are self-employed, independent contractors, gig economy workers, or have limited work history.
If an employee is called back to work and refuses because they can make more on Unemployment Compensation, that is absent 'good cause' and it constitutes an act of fraud to refuse suitable work in order to receive unemployment benefits. The Department of Labor & Industry has a page on its website solely for employers to report refusals to work. We recommend that you keep whatever written communication the employee sent to you stating that they are refusing to return to work.
Summary of Bipartisan Agreement on "CARES" ActUS Chamber of Commerce Summary can be found: here (Updated Version)Bill text can be found: here.A section-by-section summary released by the Senate can be found here.A summary of the appropriations provisions released by the Senate can be found here.Passed the Senate and needs passed in the House. According to Senator Toomey's staff, since the House was in the negotiations the summary sent should be an accurate summary
Companies seeking to Import or Manufacture Medical Products to Aid the U.S. Response to COVID-19 Click here for more information.
Temporary Travel Restrictions Across U.S. Northern Border official notice.
Governor orders all non-life-sustaining businesses to close as of 8:00 p.m. Thursday, March 19. Click for more information.
An updated list of both life-sustaining and non-life-sustaining businesses can be found by clicking here. Click here for the Order of the GovernorFor the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.
Department of Revenue is waiving penalties for businesses that are required to make Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) prepayments by the deadline of Friday, March 20. Additionally, for April sales tax payments, the department is waiving the AST prepayment requirement and asking businesses to simply remit the sales tax that they have collected in March. Click here for the Department of Revenue’s page on Accelerated Sales Tax Prepayments at for more information on how to calculate your prepayments.
DCED COVID-19 Business Resources March 18, 2020
The PA Chamber resource page can be found here.
US Chamber of Commerce Foundation:To help small businesses get the relief they need, the U.S. Chamber released several resources to help them take advantage of new CARES Act loan programs, and to show how businesses are stepping up to fight the spread of the virus.
Employee retention tax credit for employers who are closed, partially closed, or experiencing significant revenue losses as a result of the coronavirus.
Small business loan guide to help small businesses access billions of dollars in emergency loans created by the CARES Act.
Other useful links
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering designated states and territories low-interest federal disaster loans for working capital to small businesses suffering substantial economic injury as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). More information is available below.
SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loans offer up to $2 million in assistance and can provide vital economic support to small businesses to help overcome the temporary loss of revenue they are experiencing. These loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable and other bills that can’t be paid because of the disaster’s impact. Click here for more information.
Contact information: CDC: 800-232-4636 | cdc.gov
The PA Department of Health is providing up-to-date information and resources for Pennsylvanians on their website:
- PA Department of Health COVID-19 Information for Business
- PAcast.- An Official Pennsylvania Government Website
The website includes important information that you can share with your employees and also use for your organization.
PA Department of Health: 1.877.PA.Health | health.pa.gov
- Coronavirus fact sheet - DOH
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) fact sheet - CDC
- What to do if you are sick with COVID-19
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) FAQ
- Preventing COVID-19 From Spreading to Others in Communities
- Share Facts About COVID-19
- Interim Guidance: Get Your Household Ready for COVID-19
- Information for Pennsylvania Employees Impacted by COVID-19
OSHA Guidance Documents for the Workplace
- OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19
- Prevent Worker Exposure to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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