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Senate of Pennsylvania
Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: April 16, 2020 05:58 PM
From: Senator James R. Brewster
To: All Senate members
Subject: COVID-19 Health and Business Recovery Plan
In the near future, I will introduce legislation to ensure that workers, customers and clients are protected while businesses are given a responsible schedule to resume operations.

My legislation will look at reengaging business operations that generally can meet extreme distancing and personal protection guidelines first, then mix in other businesses over a short time frame.

This legislation will provide a middle ground that would provide health security for workers, consumers, and clients, yet give businesses a defined schedule to plan reopening, provided the health threat is addressed.

Waivers have already been granted for some businesses in the first phase of business reopening process. There needs to be at least two more phases in the reopening schedule.

My bill will allow businesses such as construction, car dealerships, real estate, recreation and outdoor-focused operations such as golf courses and gardening operations to be granted waivers in Phase II and resume operations on May 11.

In addition, retail operations such as state wine and spirits shops plus other small retailers that can regulate the number of customers in stores while workers are provided enhanced protections could begin operating in Phase II.  

Once additional mitigation steps are taken, such as table distancing in restaurants and other customer and worker protections are implemented, other categories of business operations would be able to resume on June 1 in Phase III.

At intervals afterword, more operations could resume with the goal of slowly re-engaging all business throughout June. 

We have to have a plan and a schedule that businesses and workers can look to for guidance and planning.

These dates could change based on daily health care data regarding the status of the number of positive COVID-19 tests and number of deaths.

Please join me in supporting this legislation. Thank you.