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. Cumberland, Dauphin & Perry Counties are all currently in the Green Phase.

See frequently asked questions about the latest COVID-19 restrictions, announced on July 15.

Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions

    • Life-Sustaining Businesses Only
    • Masks Are Required in Businesses
    • 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
  • Masks Are Required in all Public Spaces
  • 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, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.

This 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

Social Restrictions

  • Stay at Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation
  • Large Gatherings of More than 25 Prohibited
  • Masks Are Required in all Public Spaces
  • In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed
  • Restaurants and Bars May Open Outdoor Dining, in Addition to Carry-Out and Delivery (effective 6/5/2020)

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

Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary

Additional guidance was released for Green/Yellow Phases on July 16. Clarification from the PLCB on this guidance is available here. Frequently asked questions can be viewed here.

After a county transitions to the yellow phase, we will closely monitor for increased risk, such as significant outbreaks. If overall risk remains mitigated for fourteen days, we will transition the county to the green phase.

The green phase eases most restrictions with the continued suspension of 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

  • Telework Must Continue Where Feasible
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements
  • All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy, Except Where Noted for Bars and Restaurants
  • Masks Are Required in Businesses
  • 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

Social Restrictions

  • Indoor Gatherings of More Than 25 Prohibited; Outdoor Gatherings of More Than 250 Prohibited
  • Masks Are Required in all Public Spaces
  • Restaurants and Bars Open at 25% Capacity for Indoor Dining
  • On-premises Alcohol Consumption Prohibited Unless Part of a Meal; Cocktails-to-go and Carryout Beverages are Allowed
  • Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only
  • Indoor Recreation and Health and Wellness Facilities (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged; Fitness Facilities Are Directed to Prioritize Outdoor Fitness Activities
  • 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

Additional guidance was released for Green/Yellow Phases on July 16. Clarification from the PLCB on this guidance is available here. Frequently asked questions can be viewed here.

Resources at Your Fingertips

Personal Protective Equipment Suppliers & Cleaning Services

Need personal protective equipment like masks, gloves or hand sanitizer? Here is a list of PPE manufacturers and cleaning companies to help you keep your business safe.

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.

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