PA News: Expanded Mask-wearing Order, Financial Assistance for Renters/Homeowners and more …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Masks are Mandatory in All Public Spaces


Effective immediately, a new order signed by Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine takes the April 15th mask-wearing directive for businesses one step further:

With this order, and his authority under the Disease Prevention and Control Act, Dr. Levine requires that masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home.

Guidance on Homemade Masks during COVID-19: This document includes best practices for homemade masks, how to maximize prevention efforts, and how to make a homemade mask out of fabric or cloth.

Everyone should remember the phrase “my mask protects you, your mask protects me.”

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CARES Act Financial Assistance for Renters and Homeowners

Starting June 29, Pennsylvanian’s can apply for the CARES rent or mortgage relief directly from the red banner on Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency’s (PHFA) website.

PHFA is establishing organizations in each county where individuals can submit their applications and supporting paperwork for review.

Renters can receive up to $750 a month for up to 6 months, paid directly to their landlord. Those with mortgages can get relief up to $1,000 a month for up to 6 months, paid directly to their mortgagee. In order to be considered eligible for these funds, renters and homeowners will need documentation that shows at least a 30% reduction in annual income since March 1st. This reduction must be directly related to the pandemic or the individual must have become unemployed after March 1st. Funds will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

Click here for more details and eligibility requirements

Beaver County is in the GREEN phase of reopening.

View the Pennsylvania process of reopening.

GREEN PHASE Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions
Continued telework strongly encouraged.
Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated Business and Building Safety Requirements.
All businesses operating at 50% occupancy during the Yellow Phase may increase to 75% occupancy.
Child Care may open, complying with guidance.
Congregate Care restrictions in place.
Prison and Hospital restrictions determined by individual facilities.
Schools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth Guidance.

GREEN PHASE Social Restrictions
Large gatherings of more than 250 prohibited.
Masks are required when entering a business.
Restaurants and Bars open at 50% occupancy.
Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only.
Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged.
All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) open at 50% occupancy.
Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of protocols.

All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning.

Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary.

Pennsylvania Guide: Responding to COVID-19

Visit the PA Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage
for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

Pennsylvania’s New Mental Health/Warmline

As we know, we’re in an unprecedented time for everyone.  It’s uncertain and very scary.  This fear is completely understandable, and the indefinite timeline is likely creating a lot of anxiety during a time where we may be or feel more removed from our support networks.  But social distancing doesn’t have to mean social isolation, and we want people to know that even as we all face this difficult period, no one is alone.

As of April 1 at 6 p.m. a new resource became available to the citizens of PA.  A 24/7 mental health and crisis support line for people dealing with anxiety or other difficult emotions became available. Callers will be able to speak with staff who are trained in trauma-informed principles and will listen, assess the person’s needs, triage, and refer to other local supports and professionals as needed.

The Mental Health Support Line can be reached toll-free, 24/7 at 1-855-284-2494 from anywhere in PA.

It’s a difficult time, and it’s easy to feel alone and cut-off from the world, but we need people to know that they are not alone, and support is available.  Please help share the word about this resource.

Click here for details and to print/share this information.

COVID-19 | Coronavirus Resources for Pennsylvanians

U.S. Senator for Pennsylvania, Bob Casey, shares resources to help you, your family, and your community navigate the challenges of this difficult time.  This page will be updated regularly to best reflect the most updated information available. 

Senator Casey’s office remains ready to meet the needs of Pennsylvanians remotely.  Should you need direct assistance, please contact the office either by phone at (202) 224-6324 or on my website here.

Due to COVID-19, assistance is available for Phone and Internet Services

(Click here for the resource list, including details and links.)

Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission:

Managing Utility Bills during the Coronavirus Crisis

Utility Storm Safety!

Spring/Summer Storm Tips

High winds and heavy rain during spring and summer storms have the potential to disrupt utility service. Time spent planning and preparing before a storm can go a long way toward keeping yourself and your family safe when severe weather hits.

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