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CORONAVIRUS: Business Shutdown Update


As you’ve no doubt heard, Governor Wolf has ordered the shutdown of countless businesses in Pennsylvania. Last evening, we in the House asked for additional clarity on the order, and I want to thank Governor Wolf for doing so.

I believe our top priority should be getting accurate information to our constituents. To that end I wanted to provide the following updated information from Governor Wolf.

In coordination with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Governor’s administration developed a list of essential and non-essential businesses. You can view that list here: https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business.pdf
                                   
If you feel that your work is essential to the common good of the state at this time, you can appeal to the state and request a waiver by email here: RA-dcexemption@pa.gov. Should you request a waiver, please copy my office on all correspondence at kboback@pahousegop.com.

If you have a question for the Wolf administration about the decision, and the status of your business, you can visit the Department of Community and Economic Development website  or email: ra-dcedcs@pa.gov. Additionally, you can access the Department of Health hotline at 1-877-PA-HEALTH.

Small Business Assistance Available

As of yesterday, Gov. Tom Wolf has requested that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) implement an SBA disaster declaration to provide assistance in the form of SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loans for businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania.

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.

I will provide an update on application information as it becomes available.

Additional information on these loans can be found at https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance.

Our General Assembly is also working with the governor and his administration to make sure state funding is available for small business assistance too. Small businesses can apply through the Small Business First Fund (SBD), an existing PIDA loan program.

More information is available at www.dced.pa.gov/PIDA.

Disaster Unemployment Compensation

Another form of assistance that can be explored is the Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) program.

This program provides unemployment benefits to individuals who have become unemployed as a direct result of a Presidentially declared major disaster.

For more information on this program, you can visit https://oui.doleta.gov/unemploy/disaster.asp or https://www.benefits.gov/benefit/597.
 
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