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

In 2020, 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. 

Current Restrictions

Here are the mitigation measures in place in Pennsylvania:

  • – 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
  • – Telework must continue unless impossible
  • – Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated business and building safety requirements
  • – Face coverings are required in businesses
  • – All in-person businesses may operate at 75% occupancy, except where noted
    • – Self-certified restaurants may open at 50% capacity for indoor dining
    • – On-premises alcohol consumption prohibited unless part of a meal; cocktails-to-go and carryout beverages are allowed
    • – Serving alcohol for on-site consumption must end at 11 p.m, and all alcoholic beverages must be removed from patrons by midnight
    • – 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 protocol
  • – Revised maximum occupancy limits for indoor events to allow for 15% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 15% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.
  • – Revised maximum occupancy limits for outdoor events to allow for 20% of maximum occupancy, regardless of venue size. Core public health measures such as face covering (mask-wearing), social distancing, and hand hygiene still must be enforced. The 20% of maximum occupancy is permitted only if attendees and workers are able to comply with the 6-foot physical distancing requirement.
  • – Eliminate out-of-state travel restrictions. In November, the Department of Health provided an updated travel order requiring anyone over the age of 11 who visits from another state to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test or place themselves in a travel quarantine for 14 days upon entering Pennsylvania. Today, this order was rescinded. The current downward trend of cases nationwide and implementation of testing requirements and universal face covering on public transportation and transportation hubs are reducing the risk that interstate travel is a vector of disease transmission.

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.

Upcoming Events



Legislators' Forum II - PA Senate

Feb 24, 2021

Join us and a panel of our local legislators serving Cumberland, Dauphin, and Perry counties for a virtual discussion of their personal legislative priorities. Members of the PA Senate will offer their insight on how the upcoming session may impact the regional business community.



Moving the Needle on Systemic Racism: Supplier Diversity

Mar 09, 2021

What is supplier diversity? Should my company have a program? What does success look like? Join us for a conversation surrounding the benefits of supplier diversity and learn how your business can amplify minority-owned businesses.



Moving the Needle on Systemic Racism: Healthcare

Apr 13, 2021

Moving the Needle on Systemic Racism is a series of discussions and presentations focused on the ways systemic racism exists within our communities.

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Cumberland County

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