A Note From Daylin
You might have heard the news - Governor Wolf announced yesterday that the administration will lift some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities. Starting Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately-owned campgrounds may reopen statewide. They will still be required to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance. Campgrounds that are located in state parks will remain closed through Thursday, May 14. Pennsylvanians are encouraged to enjoy permitted outdoor recreational activities within their community and should avoid crowding popular destinations and to continue practicing safe social distancing.
Pennsylvania’s statewide stay-at-home order has been extended until Friday, May 8. Individuals are permitted to leave their residences for tasks essential to maintaining health and safety. Stay-at-home guidance is available as a PDF here.
The Administration has also recommended that Pennsylvanians continue to wear masks when leaving the house for life-sustaining reasons. At this time, law enforcement’s priority is on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement.
Pennsylvania's application for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) is now available. PUA provides payment to workers not traditionally eligible for unemployment benefits (workers with limited work history, independent contractors, gig workers, self-employed, and others) who are unable to work as a direct result of the coronavirus public health emergency.
Every Pennsylvanian has a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus. What we all do in the next few weeks will be crucial. It’s more important now than ever that everyone continue adhering to Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home guidelines and practice safe social distancing.
We understand that many of these steps have been difficult and are inconvenient to us and others, but we simply must continue to do all we can to flatten the curve. By taking these difficult but manageable steps now, we can hopefully avoid the worst outcome later.
My senate office remains closed but we are still available to help in any way we can.
Always feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 610.768.4200 with questions and/or concerns.
Daylin’s Telephone Town Hall | Coronavirus Update
Join me at 5:55 pm on Thursday, May 7 for a live Telephone Town Hall. I’ll be providing an update on the coronavirus, mitigating responses the state and our community are taking and will make myself available for any questions you might have. You can register by clicking this link.
The Latest News
Coronavirus closures to be lifted for some outdoor recreational activities Friday
The Times Herald
Outdoor recreation facilities will be the first piece of Pennsylvania to reopen from statewide COVID-19 closures.Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that the state will lift some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities effective Friday. Those businesses include golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds. They must follow guidance provided to life-sustaining businesses on how to operate while prioritizing public health and safety.
Wolf administration tries to clear up confusion on reopening standard
The Times Herald
In consultation with public health professionals and in an effort to simplify and to better capture growth, decline, or stability, the Wolf Administration elaborated on the Department of Health metrics and included an example to aid in calculation.
Delco council opens $1.75M grant fund for small businesses
Delaware County businesses are about to get a boost, thanks to $1.75 million being made available by county council. While addressing how taxes to reassessment to food resources and mental health hotlines have been touched by COVID-19, Delaware County Council announced the establishment of the Delco Strong Small Business Support Program at its Wednesday meeting.
Montco officials issue marriage licenses remotely during coronavirus pandemic
The Times Herald
Despite the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis, estates still need to be opened and couples are still seeking to be married and Montgomery County officials said the Register of Wills Office has established temporary procedures to assist residents with those activities.
Montco COVID-19 Fund issues $212K in relief grants
The Times Herald
A dozen area non-profit organizations are among the 63 recipients of grants from a Montgomery County fund created to ease the burdens brought by the coronavirus pandemic.
Delaware County pulls no punches battling the coronavirus pandemic
As Delaware County this week received $98.8 million from the CARES Act for COVID-19-related expenses, county officials have just begun to tally up the expenses, hitting the $881,000-mark for masks, deep cleaning, setting up a temporary morgue and emergency placement for homeless persons.
When Is It Safe To Ease Social Distancing? Here's What One Model Says For Each State
So one team of disease modelers — from the University of Washington's Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation or IHME — has come up with a different standard. They are asking the question: What is the maximum number of new infections that states could handle with their current testing and contact tracing capacity?
The $600 federal boost to unemployment checks that was meant to aid struggling families is triggering some confusion
A federal stimulus program meant to aid the unemployed is causing confusion and frustration among some business owners, laid-off workers, and the currently employed, according to interviews.
It could take IRS 20 weeks to mail out all stimulus checks. How to track your $1,200 payment with new IRS tool
The IRS has launched a ‘Get My Payment’ tracking tool for the $1,200 stimulus checks that it’s sending to most Americans
FDA Authorizes First At-Home Coronavirus Sample Collection Kit
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration made a big revelation on Tuesday (April 21), announcing it has authorized the first at-home coronavirus diagnostic test that allows individuals to collect and mail their samples to a laboratory.
Virtual Town Hall with Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce THIS THURSDAY!
Join me this Thursday, April 30 from 10:30 - 11:45 for a lively discussion about how to restart, recharge, and re-energize our small businesses. Go to www.montgomerycountychamber.org to RSVP and participate!
NEW! Delco Strong Small Business Support Grant
Recognizing the need to provide support to Delaware County’s local business community, Delaware County has launched Delco Strong Small Business Support. The program will provide $1.75 million in grants for small businesses affected by COVID-19.
Eligible applicants can apply for up to $7,500 and grant proceeds may be used for rent, mortgage, utilities, and inventory.
Businesses eligible for this grant program must meet the following criteria:
- Be a small business defined as having less than 50 full-time employees on payroll as of March 1, 2020
- Must be a for-profit business
- Business must occupy a “brick and mortar” location within Delaware County that is not a residential home
- Business must be located in an industrial or commercial (or similarly described) district within Delaware County
- Businesses must be registered or incorporated to conduct business within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
The window to submit an online application is May 6 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. The window to submit a paper application is on May 6 from noon to 4:30 p.m. and May 7 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m at the Delaware County Courthouse. Applications will not be accepted before or after the window application. Due to an anticipated high volume of applications, not all applicants will be awarded a grant.
Learn more and apply at https://delcostrong.delcopa.org
Wildlife on WIFI
One of the immediate needs of many families during this time is finding easily accessible educational content for school-age children. In response, the Pennsylvania Game Commission (PGC) recently launched Wildlife on WiFi, a hub of conservation and wildlife-themed educational resources, activities, and content to support educators, students, and parents with home-based learning through the remainder of Pennsylvania’s academic school year.
The Wildlife on WiFi hub is grouped under three themes with lessons, activities, videos, and live animal webcams accompanying each: Wildlife Science, Discover Backyard Wildlife, and Celebrate Pennsylvania Birds Check it out here!
Delaware County Tax News
During the April 22 public meeting, Delaware County Council voted to extend the deadline for the standard payment collection of County Real Estate Tax bills from June 1, 2020, to September 30, 2020.
As a reminder, During the March 18 public meeting, Delaware County Council voted to extend the deadline to qualify for a discount for the payment of County property taxes. The new deadline has been extended to April 30, 2020. Please note that this extension only pertains to County taxes.
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