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Support for Your Business

Scranton Tomorrow supports the Downtown Scranton small business community, and we are committed to sharing resources, emergency funding information, and commerce updates as we navigate through this difficult time. We're coordinating with our community and economic development partners as we proactively plan for the re-opening of our Downtown in the weeks to come.

 

Our Facebook page is a resource for those who live and work in Downtown Scranton. We will continue to share details on the status of local businesses as information becomes available to us. 

 

Our small business community is rising to this challenge, and they need our support. We encourage everyone to buy local first - from purchasing online gift cards, to placing curbside and delivery orders and sharing updates on social media.

 

In this ever-changing environment, Downtown Scranton business owners are welcome, and encouraged, to consult with us. Please feel free to email Leslie Collins, Executive Director, Scranton Tomorrow. or call 570.963.5901.

Pennsylvania Face Mask Order

Effective July 1, 2020, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine expanded mask-wearing requirements in Pennsylvania: masks are mandatory in all public places.

With this order, signed under Dr. Levine's authority under the Disease Prevention and Control Act, masks must be worn whenever anyone leaves home, including:

  • in any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted;

  • waiting for, riding on, driving, or operating public transportation or paratransit or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle;

  •  obtaining services from the healthcare sector in settings including, but not limited to, a hospital, pharmacy, medical clinic, laboratory, physician or dental office, veterinary clinic, or blood bank; or

 

  • engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when interacting in-person with any member of the public, working in any space visited by members of the public, working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution to others, working in or walking through common areas,or in any room or enclosed area where other people, except for members of the person's own household or residence, are present when unable to physically distance.

To read the order in its entirety, including exceptions to the requirement, click here.

Community Guidelines:

According to the guidelines posted on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's website, homemade cloth or fabric masks are suitable for members of the public. The general population is asked to save surgical masks and N95 respirators for health care workers and first responders.

See the frequently asked questions on the Department of Health website for more information on masking in Pennsylvania.

Business Guidelines:

 

  • In Pennsylvania businesses, everyone must wear a mask, including workers and customers.

  • Employers are required to provide masks to workers.

  • For more information on "Mask Up, PA," click here.
     

Local PPE Suppliers

& Special  Rates

Scranton Tomorrow is working with local Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) suppliers to help small business owners in Scranton secure the supplies they need to safely and legally operate in the next phase of re-opening. Many are offering special Scranton Tomorrow rates. Click on the links below to find pricing on key items for customer and staff safety, including masks, face shields, contact-free thermometers, and more. 

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One Point

Order through the link above to receive special Scranton Tomorrow rates

Dustbusters Cleaning Team

Mention Scranton Tomorrow to receive special rates.

Nessa Franko: 570.969.5231 (office)  or 570.947.0829 (cell)

Shelley Nardozzi:  570.969.2986 (office) or 570.947.1096 (cell)

Restrictions

On July 15, 2020, PA Governor Tom Wolf and PA Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed new orders for targeted mitigation efforts. The new orders are effective July 16, 2020. Click here for details.

  • Masks are mandatory in all public places and businesses in Pennsylvania.

  • 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, with the exception of restaurants and bars.

Bars & Restaurants
All businesses in the retail food services industry, including restaurants, wineries, breweries, private clubs, and bars, are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales of food, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas with strict adherence to the requirements of the order, including:
 

  • Prohibition from conducting operations unless the facility offers sit-down, dine-in meals or is serving take-out sales of alcoholic beverages.

  • All service must be at a table or booth. Bar service is prohibited.

  • Alcohol can only be served for on-premise consumption when in the same transaction as a meal.

  • Take-out sales of alcohol for the purposes of off-site consumption are permitted subject to any limitations or restrictions imposed by Pennsylvania law.

  • Non-bar seating in outdoor areas (i.e. tables or counter seats that do not line up to a bar or food service area) may be used for customer seating.

  • Social distancing, masking, and other mitigation measures must be employed to protect workers and patrons.

  • Occupancy is limited to 25 percent of stated fire-code maximum occupancy for indoor dining, or 25 persons for a discrete indoor event or gathering in a restaurant. The maximum occupancy limit includes staff.


Nightclubs
All nightclubs (as defined by the Clean Indoor Air Act, 35 P.S. § 637.2) are prohibited from conducting operations.

Events & Gatherings

  • Indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited.

  • Outdoor events and gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited.

  • The maximum occupancy limits includes staff.


Telework

  • Whenever possible, all businesses are required to conduct operations in whole or in part remotely.

  • When telework is not possible, employees may conduct in-person business operations with strict adherence to the state's business safety order, worker safety order, and masking order.


Gyms & Fitness Facilities

  • Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, and personal care services (such as gyms and spas) open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged.

  • Fitness facilities are directed to prioritize outdoor fitness activities.

  • All activities must follow masking requirements as provided by the July 1 order.

  • All activities must meet social distancing requirements of persons being at least 6 feet apart.

  • Gyms and fitness facilities must adhere to the limitations related to events and gatherings.

Personal Care Services

  • Personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only.

Entertainment Venues

All entertainment venues (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) open at 50% occupancy.

Construction

Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of protocols.

Child Care

Child care may open in compliance with guidelines.

Schools

Schools are subject to CDC and Commonwealth guidelines.

Congregate Care

Congregate care restrictions are in place.

Prisons & Hospitals

Prison and hospital restrictions are determined by individual facilities.

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Please note:  Restrictions outlined above as posted on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's website. Restrictions are subject to change. For the most current information, click here.

Phases of Re-Opening

In every phase, all businesses must follow Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Department of Health (DOH) guidance for social distancing and cleaning and the state will continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary.

For more information on PA's phased reopening, visit the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania's website.

This page was last updated on July 15, 2020.

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307 Linden Street

Scranton, PA 18503

Phone: 570.963.5901

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