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Reopening Businesses

Stay Updated on COVID-19 in Philadelphia

  • Text the keyword COVIDPHL to 888-777 to receive info and updates through ReadyPhiladelphia, the city's mass communication system. 

  • For all information, go to  

  • Follow the Philadelphia Public Health Department on Twitter for ongoing updates. 

  • Read about information for businesses and employers from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

If you would to like to find out more information about business assistance, resources, and programs, please email

How to Plan for a Safe Reopening

Philadelphia's Safer at Home Plan

Outlines how Philadelphia's businesses will begin to reopen once the current Stay-at-Home Order is lifted


COVID-19 Executive Order for "Safer at Home" Yellow Phase

How the City is Supporting Safe Reopening

Safe Mode

Guidelines for safer operations during the COVID-19 pandemic

Industry-Specific Guidance for Reopening

Recommendations for different types of businesses and activities

Informational Posters

Businesses are encouraged to download, print, and hang these posters as they reopen

Tips to Protect Your Small Business

Businesses that have sustained damage as a result of demonstrations should document damages by:

  • Taking photos.

  • Obtaining a police report through the Philadelphia Police Department by calling 911.

  • Reporting damage to your insurance company.

  • Saving camera footage.

Business owners should call 9-1-1 to report any suspicious or criminal activity. All property owners are responsible for securing exposed storefronts with existing damage.


Contact the Commerce Department’s Office of Business Services at 215-683-2100 or for more information about:

  • Street closures, which continue to be enforced in and around Center City.

  • Changes to SEPTA routes and other transportation issues.

  • Support for businesses affected by vandalism.

  • Interest in volunteering or supporting business and corridor clean-up efforts.

  • A list of contractors for help repairing damages to your business.

Safety Tips for Small Businesses During and After COVID-19

While non-essential businesses remain closed under Philadelphia's Stay at Home Order, business owners can still take steps to keep their businesses safe. Please be sure to review security protocols.

Additional Resources for Small Businesses

Philadelphia Department of Revenue

Tax guidance for businesses affected by COVID-19

Local and National Resources for Businesses

Philadelphia Department of Commerce Webinars

Hosted by partner organizations to inform business owners how to navigate through COVID-19

Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC)

PA Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Resources

COVID-19 resources for businesses, communities, and local governments

Temple University's Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Temple is offering one-on-one appointments, webinars, and recordings

SCORE Mentors

Mentors available to assist with questions on how to complete applications for assistance

Resources from the U.S. Department of Labor

The Federal Trade Commission

Tips on how business owners and consumers can avoid fraud

Stand for Small

Resources, offers, and tools from a growing group of companies that want to help your small business get back to business

5 marketing tools proven to recession-proof your business

Information on weathering economic downturns and links to open-use design tools that help create standout advertisements, social graphics, logos, and more

Helpful Resources to Support and Promote Racial Equality and Understanding

How to Plan
Additional Resources
Helpful Resources
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