- Gov. Wolf announced 12 more counties will go green on June 26. These counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna.
- Philadelphia County met the criteria and will move to the state’s green phase on June 26; however, local officials will maintain some additional restrictions until July 3.
- The only county that remains in yellow after June 26 is Lebanon County.
- The SBA and Treasury announced a revised, borrower-friendly PPP loan forgiveness application based on updates included through the PPP Flexibility Act (PPPFA). A new EZ version of the application is also available for borrowers that are self-employed or did not reduce salaries of employees by more than 25 percent.
- Log onto easternpanj.foldsofhonor.org and bid on items from June 15th to July 15th
PGA professional died last week following an on-course accident.
Justin Riegel, 38, was killed on last Wednesday when a tree crashed into Philmont Country Club’s pro shop and cart barn following a thunderstorm. Riegel was helping bring in carts from the rain at the Philadelphia course when the accident happened."The storm blew in and everyone was rushing in, and before we knew it a tree fell," Philmont employee Kelli Patrick told 6ABC.com. Riegel joined Philmont in 2019 as head pro, and was recently promoted to director of golf. According to the PGA Philadelphia website, Riegel previously worked at Aronimink G.C., Wilmington C.C. and Gulph Mills G.C as an assistant pro before earning his first PGA head professional position at French Creek G.C. In 2015, he was selected as the Section PGA Assistant Golf Professional of the Year.Riegel’s girlfriend, Kate Hannon, is due to have the couple’s first child in two weeks. A GoFundMe site has been set up to assist Riegel’s family.“Justin was one the most caring individuals you could ever come across. He was that guy who would call just to see how you’re doing and make sure everything was great in your life,” reads the site. “We’re raising funds to help Kate and the kids get through these awful times and to start a college fund for the kids. Please consider donating as much as you can, Justin would be the first one signing up to help anyone else out.”
To donate, visit the GoFundMe page here
- Log onto easternpanj.foldsofhonor.org and bid on items from June 15th to July 15th
This afternoon, the PLCB made available on PLCB+ the application for licensees to temporarily extend their premise to permit additional space for outdoor dining.
There is no cost to apply and your application will be automatically approved. A summary of the temporary procedures are outlined below:
- Emergency temporary authority for outside areas may be requested by clubs, catering clubs, restaurants, retail dispensers, hotels, distilleries, limited distilleries, wineries, limited wineries, and breweries.
- Licensees that wish to apply for a temporary extension of the licensed premises to include outside serving areas, with this extension expiring at the end of the current public health emergency, may do so without paying the $220 filing fee.
- The application for temporary extension of premises to include an outdoor seating area will require the submission of a plan, and if the area to be licensed is an area not under the applicant’s control – such as a municipal sidewalk – then proof that the applicant has the right to occupy the location must be provided.
- A licensee may only submit an application for an outdoor area immediately adjacent to, abutting and contiguous to the existing licensed premises. Applications for locations not meeting these criteria will be rejected, and no temporary extensions are allowed for any locations separated from a licensed premises by a public thoroughfare.
- Upon submission of the application, the licensee will see a confirmation screen that the application was successfully submitted for processing. The licensee must print this confirmation page and display it as evidence the application was received, and at that point, the licensee will automatically have temporary authority to operate on the proposed outdoor area.
Clarification on Golf Facility Guidance for Pennsylvania Counties in Yellow and Green Phase of Reopening
Shared golf cars and caddies are permissible
The Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf has received updated guidance from the Pennsylvania Governor's Office for golf facilities located in counties designated as yellow or green phases of reopening.
The Governor's Office has informed us that in the yellow phase, facilities may open, conduct in-person operations, and offer caddies and shared golf cars. These facilities must follow all the guidance to keep employees and customers safe. All employees should wear masks, clean / disinfect golf carts, etc., and social distancing remains in place. Beginning on June 5, those facilities that have a restaurant on site may offer outdoor dining at 50 percent capacity. Gatherings in the yellow phase are restricted to no more than 25 people.
In the green phase, facilities that have a restaurant on site may offer indoor dining at 50 percent capacity, in addition to in-person operations, caddies, shared golf cars, etc., all while maintaining social distancing. Gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited. The following counties will move to green on June 5: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.
Golf facilities that are located in red counties may only offer golf cars as single occupant only, unless the occupants share a residence, and may not offer caddies. All remaining red counties are expected to move to yellow by June 5; these counties include: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.
- Take action to improve the Paycheck Protection Program by contacting your U.S. senator today and urge them to act on this issue. ACT NOW
NGCOA Golf Industry Compensation & Benefits Report
The 2020 Golf Industry Compensation & Benefits Report is an important service provided by the National Golf Course Owners Association to its members. The report is designed to allow golf courses throughout the country to easily compare compensation levels and benefit policies with their peers, and the data will be aggregated in groupings so facilities can compare their own data to the results of similar operations.
NGCOA members will receive (electronically) the entire 2020 Golf Industry Compensation & Benefits Report complimentary as part of membership. Multi-course members will also receive a complimentary customized report comparing facilities with other MCO facilities.
May 27, 2020
- The U.S. Treasury released numerous guidance documents relating to the PPP.
- Interim Final Rule on Loan Forgiveness (5/22/2020)
- Interim Final Rule on SBA Loan Review Procedures and Related Borrower and Lender Responsibilities (5/22/2020)
- Lender Processing Fee Payment and 1502 Reporting Process (Effective 5/21/2020)
- Interim Final Rule on Second Extension of Limited Safe Harbor with Respect to Certification Concerning Need for PPP Loan and Lender Reporting (5/20/2020)
- FAQ (5/19/2020)
9 Things Every Golfer Should Keep In Mind To Be Safe On The Course
By: Zephyr Melton May 21, 2020
As golfers emerge from their homes and head back to the course, it is important to recognize some of the new safety measures that are being implemented to keep the game safe for all. There has been plenty of innovation over the past two months such as inverted cups, pool noodles in the holes and even a nifty invention for snagging your ball from the hole, but even with these measures in place, there are still other things we can all do to keep everyone safe.
That’s where the Back2Golf initiative comes in. Back2Golf is a collaborative effort between the game’s allied organizations which outlines a plan of operational guidelines for golf facilities around the country which adhere to health safety guidelines and best practices.
Back2Golf has a three-phase approach for safely getting back to normal on the golf course, which you can see here, but for the first phase, social distancing is key. Here are the nine things every golfer should keep in mind as they get back to playing golf.
Follow these steps to be safe on the course.
- Always stay six feet apart from others -- This shouldn’t be a problem while on the course but be sure to be conscientious of your spacing in common areas such as the clubhouse, range and putting green.
- Stay home if you have a fever or feel sick -- We all love golf, but if you feel ill please stay home. The course will still be there when you get back on your feet.
- Avoid large gatherings -- Like rule No. 1, this one should be easy on the course but be careful before and after the round.
- If in doubt, don’t touch it -- Did the group ahead of you take out the flagstick and pass it around before replacing it? Maybe putt with the pin in today. Lucky for you, it’s totally legal.
- Always mark your ball clearly -- Make sure you can clearly identify your ball so you don’t accidentally grab the wrong ball while searching in the woods,
- Wear a facial covering when taking a lesson -- If you are going to be in close proximity to someone for an extended period, it’s probably safer to wear a mask.
- Avoid handshakes and high fives -- A nice fist bump will do for the time being.
- Respect the game and all involved -- Pandemic or not, this is something you should be doing at all times.
- Remember to wash your hands after playing -- Soap and water for at least 20 seconds!
May 21, 2020
- On Friday, the SBA and Treasury released the Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness application. PRESS RELEASE | Application | Fox Business Article
- HB 327 is in on the Governor's desk and awaiting his signature. Review this infographic that explains the bill's provisions and download this sign that must be posted in a licensee's establishment.
- Pennsylvania launched a program for individuals who have exhausted their unemployment compensation benefits that provides an additional 13 weeks of benefits. READ MORE
May 15, 2020
As you are aware the golf allied associations recently released the Back2Golf http://wearegolf.org/back2golf/ Social Distancing Guidelines for golf courses.
May 14, 2020
May 13, 2020
Tragedy Creates Golf's Golden Opportunity: A Chance to Fix Golf's Sins of the 21st Century
May 12, 2020
National Club Association
NCA Advocacy Breakthrough Clubs Included in the Paycheck Protection Program Bill
The fifth relief package has been released by Democratic Leadership in the House of Representatives. In the package is a section on expanding eligibility for the Paycheck Protection Program. At first glance, it appears to open up the PPP to all 501(c) entities. While this is just the first step in what is sure to be a long process, NCA will continue to work toward a successful conclusion. The legislation is H.R. 6800, the HEROES Act and the language can be found on page 821 and 822.
I would like to thank all of you who weighed in with your members of Congress to make this happen. By speaking with one voice, we got our message through. While we have a long way to go, please be sure to reach out to your Representatives and thank them for including all 501(c) organizations in the Paycheck Protection Program.
The Pennsylvania Governor's Office today updated its guidance for golf course operations. The updated guidance affects golf car usage procedures, and now stipulates that "golf cars may be utilized, but must be single occupant only, unless the occupants share a residence."
In counties designated as being in the Red Phase of Reopening, golf course operators may permit individuals access to the property so long as there are no gatherings of any kind and appropriate social distancing of six feet between individuals is strictly abided.
In counties that have been designated as being in the Yellow Phase of Reopening, golf courses may conduct in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public (including the requirement to telework where possible), available here.
Click here to review the full FAQ published by the Pennsylvania Governor's Office.
- The PA Chamber has launched a new website, "Bringing PA Back" to help business owners safely reopen their businesses. VISIT WEBSITE
- The Senate Law & Justice Committee will hold a hearing tomorrow, May 6 at 10 a.m. to discuss the COVID-19 crisis and how the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) has handled it. You can watch the hearing live here.
- The Pa. Office of Unemployment Compensation has updated its FAQ document for businesses to include information on when an employee refuses to return to work and “relief from charges” for businesses.
- Additional PPP details are starting to emerge from the Treasury Department with a recently updated FAQ document. Question #40 relates to loan forgiveness. Additional details and information are expected this week.
- The Governor's Office released additional guidance for businesses in the 24 counties that will move into the yellow phase on May 8. As a reminder, dine-in services are not permitted in the yellow phase. Takeout and delivery continue to be permitted in all 67 counties.
May 1, 2020
April 30, 2020
PA LCB Guidance for Golf Coures During COVID-19
The following link provides print-only materials from the CDC website developed to support COVID-19 recommendations. All materials are free for download.
Good information to post around your club and restrooms.
Article from Penn Live this morning.
April 29, 2020
PA Alliance for Golf Guidelines for a Safe Re-Opening of Golf
The Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf embraces the opportunities for the successful reopening of golf, and maintaining a safe environment for all staff and golfers to maintain our open status during this pandemic. Even in these unprecedented times, with the COVID-19 threat affecting all aspects of life as we know it, golf is available as an outlet for people to exercise and provides one of the few respites from the confines of home. With vast areas of open space containing green grass, ponds and trees, a golf course can provide the ability for social distancing.
The Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf is committed to doing all it can to support our constituents by being a resource of information and a clearinghouse of best practices that will provide guidance to any and all facilities, operators, golf professionals, club officials and stewards of the game. As golfers and industry operators, let’s all do our part to keep the game and our loved ones safe.
April 28, 2020
Stay Safe and as we open up our courses and businesses, please be sure to support the other small businesses in your communities.
Webinar: Payroll Protection Program Forgiveness: How to Maximize this Benefit and Other Federal Program Updates
April 30, 2020 Time: 3:00 pm EDT
This session will address the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) Forgiveness program guidelines and steps you must take after receiving funds, as well as updates on federal programs for businesses due to Coronavirus.
Guest: Holly Wade, Director, Research and Policy Analysis, National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB)
April 27, 2020
Making Your Course Social Distance Ready
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 27, 2020
Governor Announces May 1 Statewide Reopening of Limited Outdoor Recreational Activities to Help Pennsylvanians Maintain Positive Physical, Mental Health
Harrisburg, PA – To ensure that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health, and in keeping with the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Wolf Administration is lifting some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities.
Starting Friday, May 1, golf courses, marinas, guided fishing trips and privately owned campgrounds may reopen statewide and are required to follow updated life-sustaining business guidance and FAQ issued by the Wolf Administration to include specifics for how these outdoor recreational industries can resume activities while prioritizing public health and safety. Campgrounds in state parks will remain closed through Thursday, May 14.
“Pennsylvanians have remained resilient throughout this COVID-19 crisis, and as we successfully continue to flatten the curve to protect our physical health, it is critical that we also focus on our physical and mental health during these extraordinary times. As the weather warms and daylight lengthens, enjoying time outdoors is an important way to manage stress,” Wolf said. “As we start to take measured, limited steps to reopen our commonwealth, reopening these industries will help to rebuild our economy and strengthen our mental health.”
According to a recent study by the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly half (45 percent) of adults in the United States reported that their mental health has been negatively impacted due to worry and stress over COVID-19 with the burden likely to continue even as the pandemic’s threat diminishes.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities. These guidelines must be followed statewide by businesses and when engaging in outdoor activity while the state disaster declaration remains in effect. The guidelines will ensure the safety of individuals and families engaging in outdoor activities and adherence will help slow the spread of COVID-19.
- Stay close to home: Pennsylvanians are encouraged to enjoy permitted outdoor recreational activities within their community and avoid crowding popular destinations.
- Practice social distancing: Maintain the recommended minimum 6 feet apart from fellow recreationists. Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to wear a mask or protective garment that covers the nose and mouth any time they go outside. If a parking lot at a park is full or there are too many people on the same trail, find an alternate place to recreate. Cross the street to avoid running directly past another runner or wait longer at a golf hole for a fellow golfer to move forward.
- Minimize risk to others: Individuals should only go out if they feel healthy and have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
- Practice good hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs and handrails.
- Have a plan: Create a safety plan before heading outdoors. Explain to children the need to keep their distance from others, even if they happen to see a friend while outside. Discuss with partners, social distancing while on the golf course. Think through how to avoid other runners when waiting to safely cross a street at the same time.
“Practicing social distancing takes a little planning and patience but it is necessary if we want to continue to flatten the curve while ensuring that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to de-stress and get exercise,” Wolf said. “Finding the balance between enjoying the outdoors and staying safe is only possible when all Pennsylvanians are abiding by the same precautions. It’s critical that all Pennsylvanians adhere to the safety guidelines to allow for these outdoor activities to remain available to the public.”
For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.
April 24, 2020
The Pennsylvania Golf Owners/Operators Association (PGO) recognizes the seriousness of the COVID-19 outbreak and the importance of having all Pennsylvanians adhere to the “Stay at Home” Executive Order. We stand in compliance with Governor Wolf and his team during this time. The PGO would also like our government leaders to know that our golf courses want to be part of the solution. Golf courses throughout history have lifted the American spirit in good times and bad. They provide acres of recreational green space, forest and wetlands that provide wildlife habitats.
We are asking that you support the attached legislation so that our courses can open for outdoor recreation. Golf courses can operate so that it is safe for employees and customers alike. Included in this legislation are examples we can implement to ensure the regulations laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and World Health Organization are met.
Thank you for your support.
Sent: Thursday, April 23, 2020 4:59 PM
Subject: Co-Sponsorship: MASTRIANO - Golf Courses and COVID-19 Safety Protocols
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Legislative Data Processing Center
April 23, 2020
Maximizing Debt Forgiveness on PPP Loans - FAQ
Pennsylvania House to Consider Bill to Reopen Golf Courses
Governor Wolf's Phased Approach to Reopen PA
April 22, 2020
TONIGHT AT 7 PM
Governor Wolf to Offer Insight to Plans for Phased Reopening of State
April 21, 2020
Congressional leaders and the Administration have struck an agreement to replenish PPP funding. It's not approved yet but it's a promising step. READ MORE
There’s a wealth of other information available and our staff continues to work 5-to-9 (yes, 5-to-9) to deliver the latest findings, so I urge you to give it a look. And please be sure to share with others in the golf community.
April 20, 2020
Last week, the Pennsylvania Alliance for Golf was formed to create a unified voice for the future of golf in Pennsylvania. Supporting Pennsylvania golf organizations include; Central Pennsylvania Chapter of Club Managers Association, Golf Association of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Golf Association, Pennsylvania Golf Course Owners Association, Pennsylvania Golf Course Superintendents Association (all seven Pa. Chapters), Philadelphia & Vicinity Club Management Association & Philadelphia Club Foundation, Philadelphia PGA Section, Pittsburgh Chapter of the Club Management Association of America, Tri-State Section PGA, Western New York PGA Section, Western Pennsylvania Golf Association.
This letter will be delivered to Gov. Wolf today and we will report back with any and all news.
Please feel free to share with your Senator/Representative with the follow links.
April 16, 2020
Health Secretary Levine signed an order providing worker safety measures to combat COVID-19. Please read the full order here and take note of the following requirements:
- Masks are mandatory for employees at work. (See resources section below for more information.)
- Clear procedures to follow upon discovery of an exposure to a person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19, including cleaning protocols and temperature taking.
- Shields at registers or take other measures to ensure social distancing from customers at check-out.
- Masks are mandatory for customers to enter premises
NGCOA's lobby firm, Forbes Tate Partners, provided a helpful comparison between the 2008 Recession and the current Coronavirus
Comparison between the 2008 Recession and the current Coronavirus
April 15, 2020
The Small Business Administration recently released information on the progress of the Paycheck Protection Program. The full report from the SBA is attached.
Payroll Protection Program Report
April 14, 2020
Coronavirus Latest: Pennsylvania House Approves Bill To Reopen Businesses If They Follow CDC Guidelines On Social Distancing
April 13, 2020
Governors from NY, NJ, PA, DE, CT, and RI today announced that they are establishing a regional working group to coordinate a reopening effort. WATCH | READ MORE
April 9, 2020
Friends and colleagues,
April 8, 2020
Updated: 6:35 PM EDT Apr 7, 2020
WGAL Channel 8 Brian Roche
More than 42,000 Pennsylvania businesses applied for exemption from coronavirus shutdown order
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has released data on how many businesses statewide applied for an exemption to be considered life-sustaining and remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.The DCED said it received 42,380 requests before Friday's deadline. Pennsylvania has about one million businesses, so roughly 4% of them asked for exemptions, according to the DCED.As of Monday:7,050 exemptions have been approved13,736 exemptions have been denied11,783 applications were submitted for activities that didn't require an exemptionThe DCED said staff members are working to process the remaining applications.
HARRISBURG, Pa. —The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development has released data on how many businesses statewide applied for an exemption to be considered life-sustaining and remain open during the coronavirus pandemic.
The DCED said it received 42,380 requests before Friday's deadline. Pennsylvania has about one million businesses, so roughly 4% of them asked for exemptions, according to the DCED.
As of Monday:
- 7,050 exemptions have been approved
- 13,736 exemptions have been denied
- 11,783 applications were submitted for activities that didn't require an exemption
The DCED said staff members are working to process the remaining applications.
With Fishing Precendent Set, PA Golfers Can Now Legitimatey Ask: "What About Us?"
April 7, 2020
April 6, 2020
The NGCOA understands these are troubling times for our industry, our country and the world. This crisis has closed many courses and changed normal operating procedures drastically for those still open for play. Some owners and operators are left only with the ability to protect and maintain their investment and are trying to prioritize their spring maintenance with a very limited crew. Many are looking to their peers for help in navigating these unprecedented times.
Members are heavily engaged in our Accelerate platform, a members-only online portal that allows members to connect with each other, ask questions and share best practices. As you can imagine, this portal has become a vital resource since this pandemic began; members are discussing state's executive orders, small business loans, modifying operations for safer play, and much more.
Because the NGCOA understands the importance of peer-to-peer networking -- especially in times of crisis -- we are offering this members-only community to ALL golf course owners and operators through May 31, 2020 at no cost. You will now have access to a forum that will strengthen your golf business and the industry as a whole.
Join Accelerate For Free
To join your peers in this online community, please complete this form. Our team will follow up with you via email to provide you with login information and instructions.
In addition to members-only networking, the Accelerate platform provides NGCOA staff an outlet to quickly communicate any of the latest news coming out of Washington, D.C. and beyond. We hope this additional resource will help you make the best decisions for your business, and provide some solace that you are not in this alone.
April 3, 2020
Links compiled by the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association
- Click HERE for Paycheck Protection Program Overview & Information
- Click HERE for Lender Information
- Click HERE for Borrower information
- Click HERE for a loan application
- Click HERE for EIDL application
The IRS released FAQs on the Families First Tax Credit.
Governor Wolf Calls for Universal Masking
April 2, 2020
Paycheck Protect Program yesterday released initial guidance and applications will start being accepted on April 3. Download the application.
Interesting article submitted by PGO Member Mindy Hess - https://www.twincitiesgolf.com/openletter
April 1, 2020
Response that is being received today re: Closure Order Exemption Requests
Sent: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 12:49 PM
Subject: COVID-19 Closure Order Exemption Request
RE: Application of **************** to Continue Business Operations at its Physical Locations: Clarification for Golf Courses
By Executive Order dated March 19, 2020, and pursuant to powers granted to by law, the Governor and Secretary of Health ordered that no person or entity shall operate a place of business that is not a life-sustaining business, regardless of whether the business is open to members of the public. These orders (the “COVID-19 Orders”) are necessary to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19.
You previously submitted a request for an exemption from the applicability of these orders. You may have been granted an exemption, informed that no exemption was required, or denied an exemption. Regardless, we are providing specific guidance with regard to your particular industry below.
Golf courses are “amusement and recreation activities” and are CLOSED per the Industry Operation Guidance. Nevertheless, certain activities at golf courses, such as landscape maintenance and other “services to buildings and dwellings,” may continue ONLY TO THE EXTENT that they are necessary to prevent deterioration of property condition.
For further information regarding what operations are or support a life-sustaining business sector, please see the Department of Community and Economic Development’s guidance available at https://dced.pa.gov/resources.
Your operations are subject to continuance of and compliance with the social distancing and other mitigation measures to protect employees and the public, including virtual and telework operations (e.g. work from home) as the primary option when available, which were submitted with your request and which have been established by the Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to-date and going forward. In-person work at a business site is only to be performed on the most limited basis possible to deliver the services or goods of your life-sustaining business.
TOM WOLF RACHEL L. LEVINE, M.D.
The NGF conducted a telephone poll of just over 1,000 golf courses nationwide to objectively assess the impact of the coronavirus on golf course operations. Click to review their findings. National Golf Foundation - COVID-19
5 Mental Health Benefits You Get From Golf
March 31, 2020
Please see the attached article from the USGA Green Section Staff. www.usga.org
What Happens if You Don't Maintain a Golf Course?
March 30, 2020
Helpful Resources from the Pennsylvania Restaurant and Lodging Association
- Small Business Guide to CARES Act. PLEASE NOTE: Loans in the CARES Act are not available yet.
- The Pa. Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) this week approved guidelines for the new COVID-19 Working Capital Access program. Over $60 million is available in the form of no-interest and low-interest loans for small businesses with 100 or fewer full-time employees. PIDA opened the program to applications. Businesses must apply through their local Certified Economic Development Organization.
March 27, 2020
- 2nd Article published by the Philadelphia Inquirer today
Pa. takes steps to close two remaining open golf courses.
- Update from several PGO members: The Pennsylvania State Police are currently visiting golf courses across the state to ensure that we are abiding by the current regulations.
- Article from this morning's Philadelphia Inquirerer
Businesses Tied To Gov Tom Wolf, Top PA Senator Close After Questions About How They Qualified as "Life Sustaining"
March 26, 2020
Check out this website for some helpful information. Commonwealth Foundation - Resources for Pennsylvanians
Top 10 Corona Virus FAQs for Pennsylvanians
March 25, 2020
We are receiving information that a few courses have received waivers from Department of Economic Development. We are being encouraged by the Senator's office to continue to file and/or refile your waiver.
Attached is a letter to Governor Wolf from PA Senator Doug Mastriano. Senator Mastriano reached out to us this morning to let us know that his office has been advocating on behalf of the PA Golf Course Owners/Operators to take a common sense approach to managing the virus crisis in our state.
He is asking us to share his letter, as well as the phone numbers and emails below with your Industry Members, Club Members, Patrons, Boards, etc. He suggests that everyone call the Governor’s Hotline Number listed below. There is always strength in numbers, please give Senator Mastriano support on behalf of the golf industry.
Senator Mastrino Letter to Governor Wolf
Phone Numbers and Updates from Senator Mastriano's Office
March 24, 2020
Please visit the NGCOA website for COVID-19 Resource Information https://www.ngcoa.org/coronavirus
March 23, 2020
Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today issued “Stay at Home” orders to Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, as the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.
This order takes effect at 8:00 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.
The statement, “the more things change, the more they stay the same” DOES NOT apply to our current situation. As you are aware, updates and changes are being made by the hour. The latest information that we have received is as follows:
- Golf Association of Philadelphia - Joshua Arsenault, District Director for Pennsylvania Senator Maria Collett, has issued a statement indicating the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has now confirmed that landscaping is included under “Essential Services” as referenced in Governor Wolf’s Closure Order, and, therefore golf course superintendents in Pennsylvania may continue to maintain the grounds at this time. Arsenault also noted in a subsequent statement that this situation is evolving rapidly and this confirmation from DCED may be subject to change in the future.
We emphasize that the confirmation from DCED applies to Pennsylvania golf courses only. GAP will continue to monitor developments in New Jersey and Delaware.
- The Philadelphia PGA Section has received updates from Pennsylvania and New Jersey state legislators and officials in regard to how golf facilities are affected by executive action from both states' governors in efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has confirmed that landscaping (e.g. facility / course maintenance) has been included under "essential services," meaning superintendents may continue maintaining the grounds at this time.
As a reminder, Governor Tom Wolf's prohibition does not apply to virtual or telework operations. Full-service restaurants and limited-service eating places may continue to operate for takeout only.
As you hear updates, please let us know so we can share with the association as expeditiously as possible. Take Care and Stay Safe!
March 22, 2020
The Golf Associations of Pennsylvania have been working together throughout the weekend to finalize the attached letter to Governor Wolf. We encourage you to forward this letter to your State Senator, House Representative, patrons, members, and everyone with an interest in golf. As you are aware, information and regulations are changing daily so you are still encourage to file a waiver with the governor’s office.
Upon completion of your waiver, forward copies of those to your Senator and Representative as well!
The PGO Board has been communicating daily to assess this situation. Our next phone conference is Monday, March 23rd, please feel free to email any questions or information to be added to their agenda.
Stay safe and please keep us informed of any updates that we can share.