WESt CHESTER, PA — Senator Tom Killion (R-Chester and Delaware) urged local business owners wishing to remain open during the COVID-19 emergency that they must apply for an exemption by 5:00 pm tomorrow, Friday, April 3rd.
“With tomorrow’s deadline looming, businesses which believe they qualify for an exemption from the governor’s order should apply as soon as possible,” noted Killion, the Chairman of the Senate Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee. “Pennsylvania needs businesses that support life-sustaining industries and operations to remain open. However, they must obtain the required exemption.”
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) received almost 30,000 requests for exemptions by late Sunday afternoon according to media reports.
The Wolf Administration yesterday issued a detailed FAQ sheet regarding life-sustaining businesses and the exemption request process. The administration also updated its list of life-sustaining businesses consistent with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s (CISA) Advisory Version 1.1 of March 23rd.
The FAQ sheet, updated list of life-sustaining businesses and CISA advisory are available on DCED’s website, dced.pa.gov. The easiest way to apply for an exemption is via the state’s online portal, expressforms.pa.gov/apps/pa/DCED/Waiver-process-keeping-physical-locations-open.
“I urge businesses to closely review the FAQ sheet issued yesterday,” said Killion. “Business owners and managers who think they may qualify should apply for an exemption without delay.
“Pennsylvanians need to know state government will do all in its power to protect them and ease the economic hardships created by the COVID-19 crisis.”
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