Reopening Business in Lebanon County
Information Regarding Reopening Business in Lebanon County
Last weekend, an announcement was made from a group of elected officials in Lebanon County that the County intends to go from the “red” phase to the “yellow” phase of re-opening our community and economy on Friday, May 15. This is in contrast to the Wolf Administration guidelines. Similar announcements were made from other communities across the Commonwealth and the Governor responded with warnings related to withholding federal funding, revoking licenses or permits for businesses, and commercial insurance not covering claims. That said, he also indicated that he did not have plans to have the Attorney General intervene, although he did indicate that State Police would be enforcing the guidelines.
We wanted to provide information to our businesses as you consider your options.
- The Governor’s threats to revoke licenses and permits are very serious. With the Commonwealth administering over 250 types of professional licenses covering a wide range of industries, employers should absolutely consider consulting an attorney to understand the ramifications of their decisions.
- The Pennsylvania Insurance Commissioner issued a warning on risks and increased liability with non-compliance of business closure orders. You can review that press release here. We encourage employers and businesses to contact their insurance carrier and inquire whether operating under these circumstances could jeopardize their coverage.
- The PA Liquor Control Board issued an update to Advisory Notice No. 26, here, that outlines clarifications. A key point in the advisory is that the Board will only recognize the Governor’s designation of a county, despite any statements local officials may make, and that licensees must continue to adhere to the requirements set forth in the advisory notice or risk citation and/or license suspension.
- PA Department of Agriculture outlined an order of restaurant enforcement actions and urges compliance. Read the release here
- PA has prepared flyers to promote COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses. Similar to other required postings (i.e. Workers’ Compensation or OSHA), these postings will be required to be clearly displayed at workplaces, along with publicly posted acknowledgement by the employer that the guidance is being adhered to. Flyers are available in English and Spanish.
- The Lebanon Chamber’s website contains many helpful tools and guidance for operations as businesses consider in their pre-planning for their path to re-opening. Please visit here.
- Check out BringingPABack.com/prepare-your-workplace for industry specific guidelines and best practices – inclusive of construction, restaurant & lodging, retail, manufacturing, bed & breakfast inns, childcare, and amusement parks & attractions.
- The US Chamber of Commerce has many resources for businesses here including reopening guidance here.
- Lebanon County District Attorney, Pier Hess Graf has stated all businesses may reopen without fear of criminal consequences. The Office of the District Attorney has stated it will not pursue legal action against local business which operates within certain restrictions. Read the full letter here.
- And finally, while the Governor’s business shutdown order is being challenged in court, his authority has been upheld to this point.