COVID-19 Resources for Local Government Leaders

Tuesday May 26th, 2020
The Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs (PSAB) wishes to acknowledge the tireless efforts of borough leaders across this Commonwealth that are working to counter the effects of COVID-19.   Borough officials are facilitating and/or partnering with a variety of well-intentioned initiatives to stabilize community conditions and provide assistance where possible to residents.
 
Governor Tom Wolf has implemented numerous statewide COVID-19 mitigation efforts and emphasized the need for every Pennsylvanian to take actions that may contribute to stopping the spread and flattening the curve.
 
PSAB is providing this resources page to help you obtain reliable information for planning, response, and communication efforts regarding the coronavirus.
 
The conditions surrounding this global pandemic are changing rapidly and we recognize this is an unprecedented event in modern times.
 
Our entire staff at PSAB is working diligently to assist our members and keep you updated on pertinent information when available.  We will continue to provide services where possible to support our statewide membership and have made some scheduling adjustments in the short-term to promote a safe environment for all those involved.
 
We have many challenges as a Commonwealth moving forward, yet local residents in every region of Pennsylvania are fortunate to have so many dedicated borough officials leading positive action in their communities.
 
Please let our staff know if we can be of any assistance and check back regularly on this page for further announcements.
 
Best Regards,
Chris Cap
PSAB Executive Director 

General Resource List

Click here to download a list of resources to help local government officials
FAQs for Local Governments from DCED
Alert PA: Sign Up to Receive the Latest Text Updates for Health, Weather, and Other Alerts from State Agencies

PSAB Webinars

Recorded Webinar: Managing Municipal Finances During an Emergency - 5/6/20

PDF: Managing Municipal Finances During an Emergency - 5/6/20

Recorded Webinar: Managing Heart and Lung Act Claims - 4/30/20
PDF: Managing Heart and Lung Act Claims - 4/30/20

Recorded Webinar: Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act - 4/29/20
PDF: Right-to-Know Law and Sunshine Act - 4/29/20

Recorded Webinar: COVID-19 Government and Business Update - April 24, 2020
PDF:COVID-10 Government and Business Update - April 24, 2020

Recorded Webinar: PEMA/DCED Update for Government Officials, EMCs, and Staff - April 15, 2020
PDF: PEMA/DCED Update for Goverment Officials, EMCs, and Staff - April 15, 2020

Recorded Webinar: PSAB Update on COVID-19 Health Pandemic - April 8, 2020

PDF: PSAB Update on COVID-19 Health Pandemic  - April 8, 2020

Recorded Webinar: COVID-19 - A Potpourri of Issues - April 2, 2020

PDF: COVID-19 - A Potpourri of Issues - April 2, 2020

Recorded WebinarEmergency Powers and Declaring Disasters - March 5, 2020
PDF: Emergency Powers and Declaring Disasters - March 5, 2020


Public Meetings

Gov. Wolf Signs Act 15 of 2020 to Allow for Public Meetings During an Emergency
Office of Open Records - Sunshine Act Advisory
Office of Open Records - Right-to-Know Law & COVID-19

Heart and Lung Act Expansion - Act 17 of 2020

Labor & Employment Alert: Gov. Wolf Signs Bill Expanding Heart and Lung Act Coverage to Include Short-Term Coronavirus Infection

Disaster Declaration Information

Read What Gov. Wolf's disaster emergency proclomation means for boroughs.
Title 35 - Declaration of Disaster Emergency
Sample Declaration of Disaster Emergency
FEMA Public Emergency Assistance Fact Sheet
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal

Business Closure - Essential and Non-Essential

Gov. Wolf Orders Non Life Sustaining Businesses to Close - Press Release
Proclamation
FAQs Regarding Life Sustaining Business
Sample Letter for Essential Businesses for Employees

Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance
DCED Guidance for Essential Businesses
AirBnB Short Term Rentals Warning
VRBO Short Term Rentals Warning
Workplace Safety FAQs - 4/20/20
Guidance for Essential Businesses  Fact Sheet - 4/20/20
Governor's Phased Reopening Plan - 4/23/20

Construction Industry Guidance - 4/29/20
FAQs Regarding Business Opening - 5/7/20

Energy Market & COVID-19

Energy Market Update & Coronavirus - Part 2 - Posted 4/27/20
Energy Market Update & Coronavirus  - Part 1- Posted 4/6/20

Telecommunications

How to Handle Telecommunications Requests During COVID-19 (Posted 4/24/20)
Access Letter

Conoravirus and the Workplace

FAQs for Employees and Employers

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Families First Coronavirus Response Act Notice - FAQs
Employee Rights: Paid Sick Leave Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act
Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Sick Leave, FMLA, etc.) - Eckert Seamans

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act

Frequently Asked Questions About SBA Paycheck Protection Program

A Small Business Owner's Guide to CARES Act

State and Federal Agency Resources

Dept. of Health - General Resources/Statistics
Dept. of Health - Mental Health Concerns
Dept. of Environmental Protection - Inspections and Permits
Dept. of Labor and Industry - Employment
Dept. of Agriculture - Agricultural Services
Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources - State Park Closures
Dept. of State - Mail-In Ballots for June 2 Primary Election
PA Law Helpine for Seniors
PennDOT - Weight Limit Restrictions
FEMA Stafford Act Public Assistantance Program
FEMA Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic: Eligible Emergency Protective Measures Fact Sheet

In the News

 
5/4/20: Gov. Wolf Announces Details of Phased Reopening

4/9/20: Gov Wolf Calls for Universal Masking

3/31/20: Work Continues on PennDOT Emergency and Critical Highway and Bridge Infrastructure Projects


3/30/20: Gov. Wolf Expands Stay at Home Order

3/28/20: Wolf Administration Receives USDA Approval for COVID-19 Disaster Food Distribution

3/27/20: Grocery/Convenience Store Guidance frm the PA Dept. of Agricullture

3/14/20: How To Get Tested for Coronavirus

3/14/20: Gov. Wolf Announces COVID-19 Community Preparedness & Procedures Materials Available

3/11/20: World Health Organization Declares Coronavirus a Pandemic

3/10/20: Gov Wolf: State’s Major Health Insurers are Covering COVID-19 Testing, Resources Available Related to COVID-19 and Insurance Coverage

3/6/20: Gov. Wolf Declares Disaster Proclamation

3/6/20: Attorney General Josh Shapiro Creates Tool to Report and Combat Coronavirus Price Gouging