Covid-19 Information

August 20

  • During the August, 2020 Borough Council meeting, Borough Council adopted Ordinance No. 1141 of 2020 – Requiring masks during mass gathering events until the pandemic state of emergency has been lifted. 

  • This ordinance requires visitors and residents to wear masks unless seated at a table during mass gathering events such as Wednesday and Thursday Dining Out or any other event that requires a mass gathering permit.

  • The Media Borough Police Department, Health Officer and Code Officials are authorized to enforce this ordinance by the issuance of citations. Persons violating this ordinance shall be subject to removal from the event and a fine.

Read the Ordinance Here

June 15

PA Governor Wolf has issued new order regarding Covid-19 dated June 15 2020: 

https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/20200715-TWW-targeted-mitigation-order.pdf

Secretary of Health order:

https://www.governor.pa.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/20200715-SOH-targeted-mitigation-order.pdf

 

June 3

 

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.  

May 22

Gov. Wolf Adds Eight Counties to Yellow and 17 to Green on May 29, Delaware County to Yellow on June 5

Click Here for Business Resources for reopening

May 15
 
Preparedness Survey

 

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. 

 

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MBAReopeningSurvey

 

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.

Sincerely,

 

Bryan Messick, Chairman of the Board, The Media Business Authority

 
 
May 13
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 tracy@delcobar.com or call 610-566-7924. 
May 11
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:

www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-may-11-remarks-on-staying-the-course-following-the-law/

 
May 7
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.  
 
May 1
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.
April 24
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
 
April 19
 
Governor extends shutdown to May 8announced 6 standards used to guide the reopening process:
  1. The reopening will be data driven and reliant upon quantifiable criteria to drive a targeted, evidence-based, regional approach.

  2. Guidance and recommendations for employers, individuals, and health care facilities and providers will be established for assured accountability.

  3. Adequate personal protective equipment and diagnostic testing must be available*

  4. A monitoring and surveillance program must be established to allow the the state to trace contacts and respond swiftly to contain or mitigate outbreaks*

  5. Protections for vulnerable populations will remain, such as limitations on visitors to congregate care facilities and prisons.

  6. Limitations on large gatherings will remain in place for the duration of the reopening process*.  See Governor's page https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#ForBusinesses

**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.

April 5
Here’s some ideas about the mask shortage:

Retailers - If you have any inventory that can be sold as masks (scarves, bandanas etc) please consider marketing these items as such ie “Can be used as a mask.”  

If you have a website or social media page that can sell these items please send us the link so we can promote on our website and social media platforms

If you do not have a website, VMPA can sell them on their VisitMediaPA.com storefront and then send you ALL proceeds from any sales. 

If you have any inventory that can be repurposed as masks (tee shirts, napkins, tablecloths) please consider donating to one of the many local mask making cooperatives. Then tell us about it so we can promote your donation. 

We also have volunteers that can deliver any items to a local address in the Boro. 


 
 
April 1
New from SBA - the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) is a loan that helps businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Sign up here: https://www.sba.gov/fundi…/…/paycheck-protection-program-ppp 
 
March 30
 
Governor Wolf extends the shutdown to April 30.  Restaurants remain open for take out and delivery.
 
March 25, 2020
 
The filing deadline for Businesses Privilege Tax and & Mercantile Tax has been moved to July 15, 2020 due to the virus shutdown. For more information contact the Tax Collection Agency at www.ecollectplus.com
March 24, 2020
The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority is making interest-free loans available to Pennsylvania businesses with less than 100 full-time employees. The loans will be a maximum of $100,000 for working capital and the loan term will be for three years. Various industries including agriculture, service and hospitality sectors will be eligible. 

More information on what businesses qualify and how to apply can be found
here. In order to apply for a grant, you must apply through the Delaware County Economic Development Oversight Board which can be reached at 610-566-2225.
Contact Rep. Chris Quinn's Office for more info.
 
March 16, 2020
 
Borough Businesses temporarily closing down stores or dining areas in compliance of the COVID-19 guidelines set by Governor Wolf and Delaware County Council have the full support of Media Borough Council and the Media Business Authority.  We encourage businesses to use alternative solutions for retail using social media point of purchase options, gift card marketplace, courier service with no contact delivery, live streaming and online shopping.  Restaurants are allowed to remain open only if they offer curbside pick-up, delivery and at-door drop-off.  
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The MBA is recommending virtual and non-contact options for businesses:
 
Restaurants 
-offer curbside pick up or delivery thru one of the many meal delivery services.  UberEats has even waived their delivery fee during the virus shutdown.
 
Retail 
- businesses offering online shopping should update their sites with new photos of their inventory
-create PayPal links to your social media pages to sell items
-use Facebook Livestream for product demonstrations from their store. VisitMediaPa can share the livestream to their audience of over 11,000
-Media Proper has created a gift card marketplace for Borough businesses. Send your business information and logo to mediagiftcards.org to participate
- use cashless payment like PayPal, Venmo and other ACH options
 
ECONOMIC INJURY DISASTER LOANS
The EIDL Loan (Economic Injury Disaster Loan) from the Small Business Administration (SBA)- it is specific to the damage that has been caused to businesses by the Covid-19 outbreak, and targets the lost income and lost opportunities of your business. Loans are up to 2 million dollars, up to 30 years and do not exceed 4% (most loans are under 4%.)
Millions of small businesses will be applying for these loans once they are announced on Tuesday. Get your papers in order now and get ahead of the pack.
What can you do now? Go online and sign up:

https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/EIDLLoans

Create an account on the website and have all tax records prepared for 2 years with details about your business (Sole Proprietor, S Corp, LLC) and documentation of any outstanding debts or liens and proof of ownership. Fill in the application with as much information as your can up to the part that asks you what disaster has affected your business. COVID-19 will not be an option until Tuesday when Congress votes to declare the virus as a disaster. Save your application and keep checking back to see when COVID-19 becomes and option.

SBA Customer Support Center 800-659-2955
UNEMPLOYMENT
Part time and full time workers can apply for unemployment here:
https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx
RENT and MORTGAGE RELIEF
Most Landlords and Mortgage companies are offering relief from rent and mortgage payments.  Contact your landlord and mortgage holder to discuss options.
Call the MBA with any questions or concerns
 
610-566-5039
VisitMediaPA | Media Business Authority
610-566-5039 / info@mediabusinessauthority.com

Media Business Authority

301 N. Jackson Street, Media PA 19063
P: 610-566-5039 F: 610-566-0335 / info@mediabusinessauthority.com

The MBA is currently working remotely during the Covid-19 Shutdown.