This is a collection of the briefing updates and guidance from government officials we've collected since the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Last updated: April 3 at 3:30 p.m.
Gov. Wolf today placed all 67 counties under a "stay-at-home" order, in effect at 8 p.m. (for the new additions). Restaurants may continue to operate take out and delivery services. Residents may travel to pick up food. READ PRESS RELEASE
Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence, Lebanon, and Somerset counties were added to the governor's "stay-at-home" order. Restaurants in stay-at-home counties may continue take out, delivery, and drive thru services. READ RELEASE
Gov. Wolf expanded the stay-at-home order to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin, and Schuylkill counties, taking effect at 8 p.m. today, March 30. Additionally, all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Restaurants in those counties may continue to offer take out and delivery services. Residents in those counties may leave their homes to pick up food from restaurants. READ RELEASE
Gov. Wolf expanded the stay-at-home order to include three additional counties: Beaver, Centre, and Washington. This order takes effect at 8 p.m. tonight. Restaurants in those counties may continue to offer take out and delivery services. Residents in those counties may leave their homes to pick up food from restaurants. READ RELEASE
Gov. Wolf expanded the stay-at-home order to include nine additional counties: Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland, and York. This takes effect at 8 p.m. today, March 27. Restaurants in those counties may continue to offer take out and delivery services. Residents in those counties may leave their homes to pick up food from restaurants. READ RELEASE
If your business is still open, the U.S. Department of Labor is requiring a new poster for you to display in a conspicuous location.
Transporter-for-Hire permit clarification: Retail licensees can apply for a Class B Transporter-for-Hire license at PLCB+.
This allows you to sell malt and brewed beverages for delivery
The cost is $700 for a new application + $30 filing fee + $160 for the license itself. The annual renewal is $160.
PLEASE NOTE: Even if you have a Wine Expanded Permit, there is no way under current legislation for you to deliver wine to go.
Gov. Wolf amended the "stay-at-home" order to include Lehigh and Northampton counties, which will take effect at 8 p.m. tonight. As a reminder: take out, delivery, drive thru are still permitted under this new order as restaurants are a critical part of the nation's food chain. READ PRESS RELEASE
The Pa. Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) yesterday approved guidelines for the new COVID-19 Working Capital Access program. Over $60 million is available in the form of no-interest and low-interest loans for small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. PIDA opened the program to applications today. Businesses will need to apply through their local Certified Economic Development Organization.
(5:45 p.m.) Gov. Wolf just issued a "stay-at-home" order for Erie County. As a reminder: take out, delivery, drive thru are still permitted under this new order as restaurants are a critical part of the nation's food chain. READ PRESS RELEASE
The PLCB is prioritizing the processing of Wine Expanded Permit (WEP) and Transporter for Hire applications.
WEP costs $2,000 and allows a licensee to sell up to 4 bottles of wine in a single transaction. Wine can be purchased from the PLCB or a state winery.
Transporter for Hire costs $160 and permit holders can deliver beer (and only beer) to individuals in the Commonwealth.
We continue to work with the PLCB and should have answers soon on how licensees can acquire more product during the shutdown.
The National Restaurant Association is collecting information on the economic impact of the recent Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. TAKE SURVEY
The Pa. Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) yesterday approved guidelines for the new COVID-19 Working Capital Access program. Over $60 million is available in the form of no-interest and low-interest loans for small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. PIDA is expected to open the program to applications later this week. Businesses will need to apply through their local Certified Economic Development Organization. LIST OF CEDOS
(2:20 p.m.) During his 2 p.m. press conference, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a "stay-at-home" order for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, and Montgomery counties. Starting at 8 p.m. today, residents must stay home unless someone’s life depends on leaving. Restaurants are still permitted to operate take out, carry out, and delivery services.
Today's order also extends school closures and other mitigation efforts for an additional two weeks (April 6).
The City of Philadelphia announced a deadline extension for real estate, Business Income and Receipts Tax, and the Net Profits Tax to July 15, 2020. READ RELEASE
Allentown has also followed the federal and state government's lead on extending tax payment deadlines until July 15. You should consult your local governments to see if similar action has been taken in your municipality.
Gov. Tom Wolf reiterated that enforcement of the non-life-sustaining businesses starts at 8 a.m. Monday, March 23.
Mayor Jim Kenney issued a "stay-at-home" order for Philadelphia that takes effect at 8 a.m. tomorrow, March 23. READ THE ORDER
Take out, delivery, and curbside pick up is permitted.
All orders must be placed in advance. You may not order and wait for the food to be prepared.
The Pennsylvania State Police announced it will begin enforcement actions with the order for non-life-sustaining businesses to close. READ RELEASE
The Department of Revenue announced that it is waiving penalties for businesses that are required to make Accelerated Sales Tax (AST) prepayments. 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. READ ALERT
All non-life-sustaining businesses are ordered to close their physical locations. Restaurant take out and delivery is still permitted. Hotels eventually added to the list of essential businesses. READ RELEASE
Feds announce 90-day interest free grace period to pay income taxes READ MORE
The PLCB issued a letter providing further clarifications, limited special allowances, and guidance to licensees. READ LETTER (downloads as a Word document)
PLCB announced the indefinite closure of all Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores and licensee service centers READ FULL RELEASE
Gov. Wolf ordered statewide shutdown of non-essential stores for at least 2 weeks. Order includes the closure of restaurants and bars dine-in services. Hotels also must shut down their restaurants. Take out, delivery, carry out are permitted.
PRLA continues to monitor all legislative activity, but below are a few of the measures that have been introduced to help our industry:
SB 1096 – Sen. Tom Killion (R, Chester/Delaware) – Establishes a small business disaster and relief fund
Co-sponsor memo – Sen. Tom Killion – Halt on evictions and foreclosures for businesses Co-sponsor memo – Rep. Tarah Toohill (R, Luzerne) – Moratorium on payments for existing PIDA loans
Co-sponsor memo – Rep. Todd Stephens (R, Montgomery) – Financial assistance for small businesses to meet payroll during shutdown
Tax Relief / UC Issues
Co-sponsor memo – Reps. David Rowe (R, Snyder) & Francis Ryan (R,Lebanon) – Suspension of sales and personal income tax
Co-sponsor memo – Rep. Aaron Kaufer (R, Luzerne) – Seeks a waiver from the federal government to allow small business owners to collect unemployment compensation
Co-sponsor memo – Sen. Scott Martin (R, Lancaster) – Allows counties and municipal governments to make changes to their property tax discount and base periods, as well as remove penalties for late payments
While no travel bans currently exist in Pennsylvania, we have prepared template letters for essential hotel and foodservice workers that you can use if needed. HOTEL LETTERRESTAURANT LETTER
Pennsylvania small businesses are eligible to apply for Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Relief Loans. APPLY ONLINE
Pennsylvania Shared-Work Program This program is through the Unemployment Compensation Office which allows an employer to temporarily reduce the work hours of a group of employees and divide the available hours equaling rather than laying off any employees.
Must Have Menus has released a Coronavirus Response Kit for Restaurants full of actionable messaging templates that your restaurants can use for Takeout, Delivery, Safety, Hours, Pick-Up, Meal Kits and more.