Please be aware: We are in contact with officials on many levels of government daily, and will aspire to provide our members and the business community of the Bedford County region with as much information as possible. The Chamber will update our website as we have new information and resources to share. Please also follow our social media platforms for the latest information.
Links to Important Websites with COVID-19 Information:
Shutdown Information for Businesses – Additional Info
Here is a downloadable pdf list of the defined “Life Sustaining Businesses”: 20200319-Life-Sustaining-Business
Employers with questions about whether their organization needs to close to contact DCED:
Businesses that would like to seek a waiver should contact the state using this email address:
CDC Guidelines for Business
Pennsylvania COVID-19 Announcements & Guidelines
DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available.
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses. The SBA has issued a disaster declaration for the state of PA. Businesses should visit: http://sba.gov/disaster to apply for Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL).
Unemployment Compensation and COVID-19: You may be eligible ify our employer temporarily or permanently closes; your hours are reduced; you’ve been told not to work to mitigate COVID-19; you’ve been told to quarantine or self isolate.
Resources for Non-Profit Organizations:
Latest Federal Guidelines for Businesses during the COVID-19 crisis period:
Latest Federal Guidance (6pm 3/16/2020) – for at least the next 15 days:
- Practice good hygiene – disinfect used items, cough into elbow, wash hands thoroughly, use anti-bacterial products.
- Avoid social visits, driving trips and groups of more than 10 people – work from home whenever possible.
- When working, practice social distancing – i.e. stay at least an arm’s length apart
- If you are sick STAY HOME. Advocate for workers to stay home if ill.
- Consult medical advice via phone and online/virtual/video sources
- Older citizens should self-isolate, along with people with underlying medical conditions.
- Younger people should know they will feel like they have only a cold, but could expose older and other vulnerable people to the virus at a much more significant risk.
- It is ill-advised to visit long-term care, assisted living and other senior environments.