Businesses

What restrictions are in place for businesses?

** All "non-life-sustaining" businesses in Pennsylvania have been ordered CLOSED by Gov. Tom Wolf effective 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020 **

WHO DO I CALL TO REPORT A MONTGOMERY COUNTY RESTAURANT or business IN VIOLATION OF THE GOVERNOR’S ORDER?

Please call us at 610-631-3000 to report any Montgomery County business that’s in violation of the governor’s order.

what type of business is considered "non-life-sustaining"? can my business be open? should I close?

On Thursday, March 19, Gov. Wolf’s office released this document that lists all different types of businesses. They are arranged by category of their industry, like manufacturing or hospitality, and then sub-categorized even further. There is a column on the right-hand side that lists whether your business can maintain physical operations (i.e. be "open" or "closed").

There is an extensive list of Frequently Asked Questions to the Governor’s Office about this. We suggest you start there if you have questions about your particular field of business.

Still have questions? Here’s who you should contact:
For Business Owners: Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH, press Option 1 or email: ra-dcedcs@pa.gov
For Everyone Else: Call 1-877-PA-HEALTH, press Option 2

Additional Information for Restaurants: Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. At the end of 14 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued mitigation is needed. These businesses offering carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people. 

What agencies can enforce closures?

  • Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
  • Pennsylvania Department of Health
  • Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions

ARE THERE STEPS I SHOULD BE TAKING AT MY WORKPLACE TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD AND KEEP MY STAFF AND CUSTOMERS HEALTHY? 

For All Types of Business

  • Post signs about preparedness and cleaning protocols on your doors 
  • Place gloves or hand sanitizers at entrances and equipment, like gas pumps, shopping carts, etc. 
  • Promote more “online” business exchanges 
  • Enact (or develop) a continuity of operations plan to address: 
    • Lines of communication with staff 
    • Lines of communication with customers 
    • Lines of communication with vendors 
  • Check with your financial institutions about extending additional lines of credit, adjustments of payment terms, and suspension of fees for employees 
  • Work with suppliers and vendors to prepare for disruption of supply delivery 
  • Reach out to the local office of the Small Business Administration in King of Prussia at 610-382-3062 

For Restaurants and Food Retailers: 

  • Restaurants must go to a “take-out only” model of serving customers 
  • Restaurants: Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. At the end of 14 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued mitigation is needed.

How can I get paid time off through my employer?  

You would need to speak to your employer in regards to paid time off.   

My employer is still open. I’m concerned about the public coming in and want you to shut down our business. 

At this current time, Montgomery County has no enforcement to shut down businesses.

is there any type of government assistance available for my business?

The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development is working with the Small Business Administration (SBA) to coordinate the launch of the SBA’s Disaster Relief Loan Program. In anticipation of the approval of this program, any business that is interested in applying for low-interest loans should review the loan application process to ensure they have all of the necessary paperwork in advance. The time for application approval is not known, but SBA has said before that it will take between 10-18 days for a successful application to receive their money.