By: Leah K. Sell, Esq.
A new Limited Time Mitigation Order goes into effect in Pennsylvania on Saturday, December 12, 2020, through January 4, 2021.
The Order is being called a “Temporary Pause on Pennsylvania” as it requires the suspension of indoor operations for most restaurants, bars, gyms, and entertainment facilities. It also restricts most other businesses to 50% of their occupancy. Indoor gatherings of 10 or more people and outdoor gatherings of 50 or more people are prohibited, with a special exception for religious services. While certain sports and extracurricular activities at the collegiate and professional levels will be permitted to continue, subject to guidance and restrictions, spectators will not be permitted.
This Order is in addition to the recent Pennsylvania Order Regarding Mitigation, Enforcement, And Immunity Protections (November 27, 2020) which required, among other things, teleworking for all individual employees “unless impossible.”
All Pennsylvanians, especially businesses and employers, should review the new Order and available guidance to prepare for these temporary, but required, changes.
If you have any questions regarding COVID-19 mitigation requirements for Pennsylvania businesses, or any other employment-related legal issue, please contact Leah K. Sell.
Leah Sell is an Associate with Leech Tishman, and a member of the firm’s Employment & Labor, Corporate, Cannabis and LaunchPad Practice Groups. She is based in the firm’s Pittsburgh office and can be reached at 412.261.1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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