COVID-19 Impact on Right to Know Law and the Sunshine Act


March 27 Update: The Senate has declined to pursue legislation regarding public meeting requirements.  In its stead, the guidance below from the Pennsylvania District Attorneys Association is offered.  The League intends to continue pursuit of a legislative remedy.


May 20 Update: The OOR has updated its Right-to-Know Law Advisory. The most significant update is that agencies in yellow status counties should now process RTKL requests and participate in RTKL appeals as they would normally. We recognize some exceptions may be necessary, and we will continue to address those on a case-by-case basis. The updated Advisory is available here.

The Office of Open Records has received a number of inquiries regarding how the spread of COVID-19 might impact requests under the Right to Know Law and public meetings under the Sunshine Act. The OOR has issued advice on these matters, which can be found here:

After reviewing this guidance, should you have any further questions, please direct them by email if possible to openrecords@pa.gov or call our office at 717-346-9903.