Reopening Guide


Helping businesses reopen safely.

Since the first orders came to close physical locations and begin working remotely, we have been here for our members and the greater Harrisburg business community, looking for the resources you need most, when you needed it most. Our members always come first for us, and as we begin the journey of reopening safely, we will continue to help you get your business back to full capacity.

The resources we have gathered below will help you transition between from the Red to the Yellow and finally the Green phases of the Pennsylvania Reopening Plan. We ask our businesses to continue to be patient and flexible as we keep safety the first and foremost priority when it comes to reopening business.

State Resources

Temporary Liability Protection for Re-Opening

Earlier this month, Governor Wolf issued an Executive Order to protect some Doctors from liability (being challenged). His Executive Order left out many Doctors, as well as hospitals, other essential businesses including manufacturers who converted to make PPE and other essential services (grocery stores, drug stores, etc). The General Assembly and the Administration Representatives have expressed interest to pass some temporary relief that would cover many institutions and businesses for a limited period of time who are making a good faith effort to keep people safe. Looking back to 9/11, there was temporary Liability Protection passed to avoid a massive number of lawsuits. If you are talking to your State Senators and Representatives, as well as members of Congress, this is something that will be helpful and necessary at both the Federal and State levels.

COVID-19 Reopening Phases

Below are the details about what businesses can and cannot do in each phase of reopening. Dauphin County is currently in the Red Phase; Cumberland and Perry Counties move to the Yellow Phase on Friday, May 22. 

Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions

  • Life Sustaining Businesses Only
  • Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place
  • Schools (for in-person instruction) and Most Child Care Facilities Closed

Social Restrictions

  • Stay at Home Orders in Place
  • Large Gatherings Prohibited
  • Restaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out and Delivery Only
  • Only Travel for Life-Sustaining Purposes Encouraged

Reiterate and reinforce safety guidance for businesses, workers, individuals, facilities, update if necessary.

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

As regions or counties move into the yellow phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place. The purpose of this phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible.

Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions

  • Telework Must Continue Where Feasible
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders
  • Child Care Open with Worker and Building Safety Orders
  • Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place
  • Schools Remain Closed for In-Person Instruction

Social Restrictions

  • Stay at Home Restrictions Lifted in Favor of Aggressive Mitigation
  • Large Gatherings of More than 25 Prohibited
  • In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities (such as gyms, spas), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed
  • Restaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out and Delivery Only

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

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

The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it will be equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.

Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions

  • All Businesses Must Follow CDC and PA Department of Health Guidelines

Social Restrictions

  • Aggressive Mitigation Orders Lifted
  • All Individuals Must Follow CDC and PA Department of Health Guidelines

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

Resources at Your Fingertips

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Suppliers

Need PPE equipment like masks, gloves or hand sanitizer? Here is a list of PPE manufacturers where you can get the supplies you need.

Operational Resources

Explore this list of resources gathered from national sources, ranging from reopening playbooks to readiness guides to help you plan to reopen your business.

Economic Resources

View this list of economic resources, from state and federal loans to refinancing programs, that best fit your needs.

Member Resources

View our list of resources and reopening tools provided by fellow Chamber members, from reopening strategies to signage and cleaning.

Upcoming Events



Stay-At-Home Webinar: What Employers Should Be Thinking About To Get Back To "Normal"

May 26, 2020

With signs that the virus is beginning to peak, and Pennsylvania leaders discussing lifting shelter-in-place orders and gradually bringing back nonessential workers...



Chamber Live: Road to Reopening (Episode III)

May 27, 2020

What does the post-COVID physical workplace look like? And how can we prepare? In this episode, we’ll discuss: Health considerations for planning, how to minimize workplace risk, retrofitting current spaces for social distancing, what actions to take now.



Stay-At-Home Webinar: Grief and Loss During a Pandemic

May 28, 2020

This webinar will help you to better understand your experience and the experiences of your colleagues in order to more effectively cope and support others during this time.

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Stay informed.

Follow these sources for reliable information during the coronavirus pandemic.

PA Department of Health

Dauphin County

Cumberland County

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