Wayne County moves to Yellow Phase. Governor Tom Wolf announced 12 additional Pennsylvania counties will move to the yellow phase of reopening at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, May 22. Those counties include Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Perry, Susquehanna, Wyoming, Wayne, and York. Twenty-four counties moved into the yellow phase of reopening on May 8 and another 13 moved to yellow beginning today.

With these additional 12 counties, there will be a total of 49 counties in the yellow phase. The remaining 18 counties are in the red phase.

“Through our social distancing efforts, we have not only reversed a trajectory of exponential new case growth – we have cut it in half,” Gov. Wolf said. “And some of the counties that will be shifting into the yellow phase next week eliminated concerns that we had just two weeks ago. So please, keep up your efforts in the fight so we can continue to add counties to the list of those in the yellow phase. Thank you again for your patience and your hard work.”


Local education agencies can apply now for a share of $523.8 million in one-time emergency funds from the federal government to help schools respond to the COVID-19 crisis. He funding can be used for food service, professional training, technology purchases, sanitization and cleaning supplies, summer and after-school programs and mental health supports.

More information and applications are available here:


This is a list of the businesses that are allowed to reopen in Pennsylvania.



Outdoor activities like golf and camping will be authorized to reopen on Friday, May 1 with proper safety protocols in place.

Golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips, and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide today and are required to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance. Information for outdoor recreational industries is available in a FAQ issued by the state.


Campgrounds in state parks will remain closed through Thursday, May 14.

Business owners can get clarification on whether their business is defined as life-sustaining by emailing the Department of Community and Economic Development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 1-877-724-3258. An online waiver application for businesses that believe they should be considered life-sustaining is available here.

The list of businesses that are considered to be life-sustaining was also updated to reflect oversights in the initial list provided by the governor’s office. A number of industries that are critical to medical and manufacturing supply chains were initially excluded. The updated list is available here.


The Federal Reserve announced more details on the Main Street Lending Program for small and mid-size businesses, which is due to launch “soon.” Businesses with up to 15,000 employees or up to $5 billion in annual revenue are now eligible for one of the three lending options (determined by loan size, minimum is $500,000) from this program. The four-year loans will carry a rate of LIBOR + 3%. Click here for more information:



The Small Business Administration will resume accepting PPP loan applications on Monday, April 27 at 10:30AM EDT from approved lenders on behalf of any eligible borrower. This will ensure that SBA has properly coded the system to account for changes made by the legislation.

All eligible borrowers who need these funds should work with an approved lender to apply. Borrowers should carefully review PPP regulations and guidance and the certifications required to obtain a loan.

For more information on the Paycheck Protection Program:


The Paycheck Protection Program authorizes up to $349B toward job retention and certain other expenses to assist small businesses. Eligible parties include small businesses and eligible nonprofit organizations, veterans organizations and tribal businesses described in the Small Business Act in addition to self-employed individuals and independent contractors, provided they all meet program size standards.



On Saturday, April 18, 2020, the PA Department of Health provided clarifications and answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) regarding its new employee health and safety guidelines for Pennsylvania companies that remain in operation. The full text of these clarifications and FAQs can be found by clicking here:


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