Senator John Yudichak E-Newsletter

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In This Update:

  • Telephone Town Hall Scheduled for April 30
  • Governor Outlines Plans to Reopen Pennsylvania
  • Website Helps Pennsylvanians Support Local Restaurants
  • Construction Reopening Date Moved to May 1
  • New Online Portal Supports Donations of Critical Medical Supplies
  • DCED Announces Business Loan Deferrals
  • Temporary License Process Created for Insurance Producers
  • More Funding Distributed for Food Assistance

Telephone Town Hall Scheduled for April 30

I will host a COVID-19 Telephone Town Hall on April 30 at 1:20 p.m. A panel of medical, business and employment experts will be on hand to answer questions about the state’s efforts to protect public health and the economy.

To sign up please visit: https://senatoryudichak.com/tele-town-hall/

Governor Outlines Plans to Reopen Pennsylvania

On Wednesday, Governor Wolf outlined his plans to slowly reopen the state, region by region, in the weeks and months to come. The plan is targeted to begin in areas with the lowest rate of infection, including the north-central and northwest regions, on May 8. Other regions of the state could follow based on the rate of new infections over the next several weeks.

Under the plan, not all employers will reopen at the same time; different industries would reopen based on their ability to adhere to employee and customer protection guidelines.

Although the timeline is slower than most would like, it is encouraging that we are at least moving in a positive direction to allow more Pennsylvanians to get back to work safely and responsibly. More details about the governor’s proposal are available here.

Website Helps Pennsylvanians Support Local Restaurants

The COVID-19 pandemic forced many restaurants to make drastic changes in operations, including temporarily eliminating dine-in options. A new website helps Pennsylvanians support their local restaurants by providing a list of takeout, curbside and delivery services operating during the public health emergency.

The Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association developed the new CarryoutPA website to serve as a resource to connect community residents with dine-out options in their area.

Restaurant owners who would like to be featured on the new site can enter their business information at www.carryoutpa.com/join-now/. 

Construction Reopening Date Moved to May 1

Construction activities that were previously deemed non-life-sustaining will be allowed to continue beginning on May 1. The reopening date was originally set for May 8, but was moved up to May 1 earlier this week.

Guidelines about how these businesses can operate safely during COVID-19 are available here.

New Online Portal Supports Donations of Critical Medical Supplies

Healthcare providers still have a critical need for medical supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) like masks and gloves, as well as alcohol-based sanitizer. A new online portal will help individuals, corporations and community organizations donate these supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The PA Critical Donation Portal will help coordinate donations of PPE to hospitals, medical facilities and emergency management services that need the supplies most. Questions about making a donation can be submitted to PACriticalDonations@pa.gov.

DCED Announces Business Loan Deferrals

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), Pennsylvania Minority Business Development Authority (PMBDA), and the Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) are deferring loan payments for three months, according to the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED).

PIDAPMBDA and CFA borrowers (except for PENNWORKS) with payments due in April, May and June are deferred. All other terms and conditions of all applicable loans remain unchanged.

Temporary License Process Created for Insurance Producers

Individuals who wish to pursue a new career in Pennsylvania’s insurance industry can now receive a temporary producer license. Temporary licenses will only be allowed for individuals who are sponsored by an insurance company holding an active certificate of authority in Pennsylvania.

The process to receive a temporary insurance producer license is outlined here.

More Funding Distributed for Food Assistance

Pennsylvania has received nearly $15 million in funding from the federal government to support charitable food efforts during the pandemic. The funding will not only support the distribution of food through the state’s emergency food distribution network, but also ease the additional burdens of transporting, storing and delivering products.

A list of Pennsylvania food banks sorted by county is available here.

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