In an effort to assist local businesses in responsibly reopening and resuming operations as they recover from the effects of COVID-19, the Derry Township Board of Supervisors approved temporary provisions at its June 9, 2020 meeting. The COVID-19 Flexible Business Support Program is intended to provide businesses with certain regulatory relief and eased restrictions to enable them to safely and effectively operate their business on their property in conjunction with implementing the Governor’s Office, PA Department of Health, and other agency and industry guidelines regarding social distancing, sanitation, and public health.

“The Governor’s Office has developed rules and recommendations for a safe reopening of businesses, and our program, developed by our township staff, will support and supplement these directives to help our local businesses,” commented Board of Supervisors Chairman Chris Abruzzo.

The resolution and guidelines are intended to be flexible and provide some relief to businesses. In general, they include provisions for curbside pick-up, expanded outdoor dining and display areas, and relaxed sign enforcement during the term of the program, which is slated to be sixty days.

The resolution allows for the guidelines to remain somewhat flexible, meaning they can be updated administratively if necessary. If there is need to shorten or lengthen the program, that will require further action by the Board.

The guidelines can be found by using the below links and can also be accessed under the Business tab and on the Community Development Department page. In addition, the Township hosted a Zoom webinar on Thursday, June 11 at 2 p.m. to present the guidelines to local businesses and give them the opportunity to ask questions. A recording of the webinar can be accessed through the below link.

Resolution 2020-15

Derry Township COVID-19 Flexible Business Support Program Guidelines

Recording from Thursday, June 11, 2020 Zoom Webinar for Business Owners:–NOIJfKqElJcNbn-H3OQv4RBILsT6a80yFK-KUNyEjsofTDazwa-OYfTkn9pVXV
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In summary, the resolution and its guidelines will provide the following relief:

  • Temporary signage that is necessary to convey messages related to business operations is allowed without obtaining a permit.
    • Signage must be on-site.
    • Pedestrian passage on sidewalks shall not be obstructed.
    • Vehicular sight distance may not be compromised.
    • Signage must be weighted or secured to avoid movement.
    • Temporary signage shall be removed within 15 days of the close of the program.
  • Curbside pick-up on public and private parking spaces may be created.
    • Up to three on-street parking spaces directly in front of the business may be used for curbside pick-up.
    • Up to three on-site parking spaces may be used for curbside pick-up.
    • Certain restrictions related to accessible parking spaces are provided.
    • Altered use of parking arrangements must cease within 15 days of the close of the program.
  • Outdoor seating and display areas may be developed under this program.
    • Businesses utilizing this opportunity must also comply with orders and recommendations from the Governor’s Office, Centers for Disease Control and Pennsylvania Department of Health.
    • Areas between the building side of the sidewalk and the building may be used.
    • Pedestrian passage on sidewalks shall not be obstructed.
    • Temporary tents, umbrellas, or other similar shade structures or devices less than 20 square feet, when properly secured and anchored may be used.
    • Access to fire hydrants and fire hose connections to buildings must remain unobstructed.
    • Parking requirements for additional seating are temporarily suspended.
    • Existing parking areas may be utilized although certain restrictions apply.
    • Requires the business to retain accessible parking areas and spaces.
    • If portions of parking areas are used for seating or display, those areas shall be protected from vehicles.
    • If portions of parking areas are used for seating or display, vehicular access to the remaining portions of the lot must be maintained in a safe manner.
    • Accessible seating shall be provided to the greatest extent possible.
    • Restaurants are encouraged to implement contactless ordering and payment processes.
    • It is strongly suggested that restaurants utilizing private outdoor dining areas institute a reservation policy.
    • All temporary seating and display areas shall be removed within 15 days of the close of the program.