Pennsylvania and Philadelphia Announce Dates for Lifting Most COVID-19 Restrictions for Employers

Pennsylvania and Philadelphia have each announced prospective dates for lifting a majority of the mandatory COVID-19 requirements applicable to employers. At the same time, these announcements create a new conundrum for Pennsylvania and Philadelphia employers: In the absence of state and local mandates, what health and safety policies should employers implement to mitigate the ongoing threat of COVID-19? There is no easy answer.

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Laws and Tax Incentives Fill COVID-19 Paid Leave Void As Vaccinations Increase and More Employers Return to In-Person Work

After the expiration of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and similar state and local measures, many government jurisdictions stepped in to fill the COVID-19 paid leave void left following the expiration of those laws, including employee leave related to COVID-19 vaccination. Philadelphia and Chicago have put into effect ordinances to this end, and the federal government will be providing tax credits to employers who elect to provide paid leave for certain COVID-19-related reasons.

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Pennsylvania and Philadelphia End Mandatory Telework

On April 4, 2021, Pennsylvania ended its mandatory telework order that had been in effect for almost a year. Philadelphia followed suit and ended its telework requirement for offices. Telework is still strongly encouraged, but employers may now bring employees back to the workplace, so long as they continue to follow and enforce other federal, state and local COVID-19 mitigation measures.

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Pennsylvania Announces April Time Frame for Additional Restaurant and Hospitality Rules Relaxation

On March 15th, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf relaxed certain COVID-19 restrictions, including making substantial modification to some of the more  restrictive guidelines that apply to the restaurant and hospitality industry.

Effective April 4th at midnight, “self-certified” restaurants, gyms, casinos, malls and theatres in Pennsylvania will be permitted to operate at 75% capacity. Non-self-certified restaurants are required to remain at 50% capacity. The self-certification process involves agreeing to strictly comply to all public health safety guidelines and orders, including the cleaning and mitigation protocols and other operational requirements issued by the CDC and the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

Philadelphia Announces Plan to Reopen Sporting Events to Live Fans

The City of Philadelphia has elected to follow the Commonwealth’s guidance on enabling sporting events to begin bringing back fans live.

The revised restrictions allow outdoor venues to have occupancy of 20% of maximum capacity and indoor venues to have occupancy of 15% of maximum capacity, regardless of venue size.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Project Development/Infrastructure/P3 Blog.

Philadelphia Bucks State Loosening of COVID-19 Restrictions on January 4, Extends Restrictions until January 15

Notwithstanding Pennsylvania’s easing of COVID-19 restrictions as of 8 a.m. on January 4, 2021, Philadelphia has opted to extend restrictions on indoor dining, theaters, casinos and other indoor events until January 15, 2021, due to expectations regarding the holiday season.

To read the full text of this post by Duane Morris partner Brad Molotsky, please visit the Duane Morris Opportunity Zones Blog.