Message from Mayor Sherry Capello
the County Commissioners approved a Resolution to declare that Lebanon County will operate under the “Yellow Phase” of the Governor’s Plan for Pennsylvania” while adhering to all established safety guidelines. However, the Resolution is not binding nor is a directive on any business that operates within Lebanon County. It is a suggestion. As a business that is not permitted to operate in a “Red Phase”, you should consult with an attorney to understand the ramifications of a decision to re-open. You should carefully consider your options. The Lebanon Valley Chamber of Commerce provides some pertinent links for additional information to review when considering these options. (Please see below.)
The Lebanon County District Attorney announced she will not prosecute or pursue legal action against any business which reopens, so long as the business complies with the mandates set forth in the DOH Secretary Levine’s 4-15-20 Order. This Order dictates how approved businesses must conduct themselves, and includes directives of no more than ten (10) people within an area, the use of personal protective equipment, and social distancing of six (6) feet or more.
(Secretary Levine’s 4-15-20 Order)
Regarding the enforcement of any business not permitted to operate during a “Red Phase”, the Lebanon City Police Department will respond to calls for service based upon complaints. The business will be educated on the Governor’s Order that indicates that Lebanon County is in a Red Phase. Additionally, the business will be advised of Secretary Levine’s 4-15-20 Order concerning safety guidelines. Based upon the District Attorney’s position, the Lebanon Police Department will not file a criminal charge or citation against any business not permitted to operate in a “Red Phase”, however, after a warning, the Lebanon Police Department will issue a citation to any business violating Secretary Levine’s 4-15 20 Order concerning violations of safety guidelines. This is consistent with the guidelines issued by the District Attorney. Prior to this directive, the City Police Department had issued no charges or citations for business non-compliance.
The City of Lebanon supports our business community, is concerned for our economic recovery and wants to open up our community safely. My Administration is seeking approval to use Community Development Block Grant monies for a Business Recovery/Business Restart Forgiveness Loan Program. Details will be released in the near future. In the meantime, we request information from our business community. Please complete our Business Impact survey at the bottom of this communication. We wish you great fortitude as you work through this challenging and unprecedented time.