COVID-19 Resources for PA wineries

UPDATED JULY 3, 2020

The Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA) is paying close attention to ongoing developments in the COVID-19 outbreak and how it is affecting our industry statewide. In our role as promoters and advocates for Pennsylvania’s 300+ wineries, we are monitoring guidance and directives from the PA Governor’s Office, PA Liquor Control Board (PLCB), and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC).

The PWA has identified resources to help our wineries navigate through the upcoming phases of re-opening. The information below has been gathered from federal, state, and industry sources.

Wineries should also check with their local health department and relevant authorities for local regulations that may also be in place. Given the evolving status of COVID-19 and business restrictions, we encourage wineries to visit the resource sites below frequently for updates. This information does not constitute legal advice and is provided for informational purposes only. Please consult with your individual legal advisors as necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

RE-OPENING GUIDANCE

Governor’s Office

Secretary of Health Signs Expanded Mask-Wearing Order (July 1, 2020)

Secretary’s Mask Order (PDF) (Added July 2, 2020)

Information on phased re-opening of Pennsylvania from Governor’s Office | Click for phased reopening map (July 3, 2020)

GUIDANCE FOR BUSINESSES PERMITTED TO OPERATE DURING THE COVID-19 DISASTER EMERGENCY TO ENSURE THE SAFETY AND HEALTH OF EMPLOYEES AND THE PUBLIC (Updated June 1, 2020)

Restaurant Industry Guidance (Updated June 17, 2020)

Regional Updates & Information

ALLEGHENY COUNTY UPDATE — July 2, 2020*:

ORDER OF THE DIRECTOR OF THE ALLEGHENY COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO HELP PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 (PDF) – *Ordered July 2, 2020*

Allegheny County has expanded upon their initial executive actions of limiting alcohol sales. In an effort to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19, the county has ordered the closure of all bars, restaurants, and casinos. Additionally, gatherings of over 25 are prohibited during this order. County officials are encouraging a week-long voluntary stay-at-home protocol.

Order of the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department Ceasing On-Site Consumption of Alcohol in Bars and Restaurants To Help Prevent The Spread of COVID-19 (PDF)

Wineries in Allegheny Co. are permitted to sell wine to go, but consumption on site is prohibited effective immediately and until further notice.

PA Liquor Control Board

As of June 18, the PLCB has updated its previously issued guidance for retail, club and manufacturer licensees in “Green” counties, and THE GUIDANCE now addresses requirements and restrictions – including entertainment allowances and limitations – for licensees operating and Green and Yellow counties.

Summary of Act 29 of 2020 – Added June 17, 2020

Advisory Notice 26 – REVISED June 3, 2020 (PDF) – Direction for Licensees in Yellow and Red Zones

Advisory Notice – Act 21 of 2020 (PDF)

Note to wineries regarding Act 21: Only hotel and restaurant license holders who have lost at least 25% of their average monthly sales because of the restrictions imposed by the COVID-19 emergency declaration, and who are offering meals to go, may sell prepared beverages and mixed drinks to go.

COVID 19 Information for Consumers of Fine Wine & Good Spirits

Protocols & Best Practices

Wine Institute Reopen Protocols (PDF) (Wine Institute)

National Restaurant Association Reopening Guidance (PDF)

Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic Checklist (FDA)

Best Practices for Re-Opening Retail Food Establishments During the COVID-19 Pandemic Infographic (FDA)

Farmers Market Resources 

Market Vendor Signs (Penn State Extension)

Market Customer Signs (Penn State Extension)

Market Customer Information (Penn State Extension)

Farm Market Guidance (PA Dept. of Agriculture)

Health & Safety Resources 

FDA Shopping Guidance for Customers  

CDC Business and Workplace Guidance 

OSHA: Guidance for Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19

COVID-19 Safety Procedures for Businesses Flyer (PA Department of Health)

COVID 19: Pennsylvania Information (PA Department of Health)

PA County & Municipal Health Departments (PA Department of Health)

Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Building Safety Measures Effective 4/6/20

Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations Effective 4/19/20

Responding to COVID 19 in Pennsylvania Guide (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)

Responding to COVID 19 for your Business in Pennsylvania (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania)

COVID 19 Guidance & Resources for Agriculture (PA Department of Agriculture)

PA Department of Agriculture Resources

COVID 19 Guidance & Resources from the PA Department of Community & Economic Development

Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19 (CDC)

Cleaning & Sanitizing Resources

Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2 (EPA)

CDC Reopening Guidance for Cleaning and disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools and Homes – CDC

CDC: Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility

CDC: Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting

Important Notice and Disclaimer


The Pennsylvania Winery Association (PWA) disclaims liability for any personal injury, property or other damages of any nature whatsoever, whether special, indirect, consequential or compensatory, directly or indirectly resulting from the publication, use of, or reliance on the materials presented herein.

While the PWA strives to make the information within these protocols as timely and accurate as possible, the PWA makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of these protocols, and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of these protocols and the materials incorporated herein. All of the information contained in the links are published in good faith and for general information purposes only. All of the information contained in these links is strictly at the user’s own risk. The PWA is not undertaking to render professional or other services for or on behalf of any person or entity. The PWA is not undertaking to perform any duty owed by any person or entity to someone else. Each user of these protocols should rely on his or her own judgment, or as appropriate, seek the advice of a competent professional for assistance.

Additionally, users can find links to other websites and materials from this page of resources. While PWA endeavors to provide only links to useful websites, PWA has no control over the content and nature of these other websites and the links to other websites do not imply a recommendation for all of the content found on those sites.

CLICK HERE FOR AN ARCHIVE OF ADDITIONAL GOVERNMENT AND BUSINESS ASSISTANCE RESOURCES

CONTACTS

PWA:

Jennifer Eckinger, Executive Director: [email protected]

Jen Munsch, Communications Coordinator: [email protected]

Versant Strategies:

MeeCee Baker: [email protected] or 717-860-8463

Caleb Wright: [email protected] or 717-319-4638

PRESS INQUIRIES:

SWELL LLC: [email protected] or 215-422-3477 (press 1)

The PWA strongly encourages all customers to contact wineries directly should you need more information on any specific winery’s response and operations plan.

##