Media Borough Council, Mayor McMahon and the Media Business Authority have been working in collaboration to keep businesses and residents informed while our community has been under “stay at home” orders from the state government. In an effort to inform the public, we have analyzed phased opening guidelines put forth by the CDC and state and have developed the Media Borough Plan for Implementation of the Wolf Administration Reopening Guidelines intended for businesses and residents.
Click Here for Business Resources for reopening
The MBA has crafted a survey for Media businesses to understand the current status and level of preparedness of Borough Businesses reopening under the Covid-19 Pandemic.
The actual survey should take no more than ten minutes to complete. All responses are confidential. Your answers are important. All the information in the survey will be used to help us develop a comprehensive strategy for and messaging around reopening. A link to the survey is below.
What & How to Communicate
The Borough leadership and the MBA are seeking to share information about reopening with "one voice" to minimize confusion. The MBA has prepared signage for businesses to post in their windows. The signs include guidelines for visitor/resident safety precautions. These posters are based on guidelines from the CDC and the State. They are available for download at www.mediabusinessauthority.com/covid-19. The MBA has copies for those business who do not have access to a color printer.
We ask that every business post these signs to ensure that Media businesses are sending consistent messages to the community.
Bryan Messick, Chairman of the Board, The Media Business Authority
Delaware County Bar Association Legal Town Hall, Wednesday May 20 from 3.30-5pm. This Town Hall is a free resource for people in Delaware County who have legal questions related to Covid-19. Please register online at delcobar.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 610-566-7924.
Governor Urges Residents, Business Owners and Politicians to “Stay the Course” The Governor stated that there will be consequences to opening early and illegally, including the loss of CARES Act and other relief funding through the state, revocation of business licenses, and the loss of insurance coverage for businesses failing to operate in accordance with the law.
The press conference can be found here:
The Governor extended the stay-at-home order to June 4 for red counties, like Delaware County. The shutdown remains the same as the original statewide stay-at-home order announced on April 1 which was set to expire May 7 at midnight and is now extended to June 4.
Delaware County was not one of the 24 counties allowed to ease shutdown restrictions on May 8. DelCo will remain under the stay-at-home order and will be considered for reopening in the next several weeks as the state continues to closely monitor metrics and collaborate with CMU, health experts and counties.
MBA continues to strategize with business owners on best practices and necessary materials for an eventual reopening during weekly Zoom meetings. Read the minutes here.
Delaware County has launched Delco Strong Small Business Support. The program will provide $1.75 million in grants for small businesses affected by COVID-19. Eligible applicants can apply for up to $7,500 and grant proceeds may be used for rent, mortgage, utilities and inventory https://www.delcopa.gov/…/resources/covid19/delcostrong.html
Governor extends shutdown to May 8; announced 6 standards used to guide the reopening process:
The reopening will be data driven and reliant upon quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based, regional approach.
Guidance and recommendations for employers, individuals, and health care facilities and providers will be established for assured accountability.
Adequate personal protective equipment and diagnostic testing must be available*
A monitoring and surveillance program must be established to allow the the state to trace contacts and respond swiftly to contain or mitigate outbreaks*
Protections for vulnerable populations will remain, such as limitations on visitors to congregate care facilities and prisons.
Limitations on large gatherings will remain in place for the duration of the reopening process*. See Governor's page
**To this end, the MBA will provide masks, hand sanitizer and disposable thermometers to all businesses and direct them to suppliers for more PPE and cancelled large event gatherings. The distribution of the supplies will give the MBA an additional opportunity to gather updated contact information for all businesses.