REVISED – Waivers for Businesses

We received additional clarification from the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) regarding businesses who are waiting for their waivers to be approved.  If your business has submitted a waiver and has not received a response, please DO NOT resubmit a waiver.  DCED is working quickly to process 25,000 waivers at this time and will respond to your waiver as soon as possible. Please see this link for a revised FAQ listing on submissions. If your business receives conflicting information from DCED on whether or not your business is essential, please contact my office at 215-541-2388.

Those businesses requesting clarification on whether they are defined as life-sustaining should check this list, email the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) customer service resource account at, or call 1-877-PA-HEALTH and select option 1 to reach DCED staff.

As a reminder, there is additional information and & resources on the PA DCED website at To apply for the PIDA loan, visit

In addition, applications are now being accepted for the COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA). The program will provide critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). For the list of CEDO’s operating within Pennsylvania, please refer to

CONTACT: Madison Scarfaro  (215) 541-2388