City of Lebanon COVID-19 Update: Resources Available

Gov. Wolf: Effective April 4, More Options for Restaurants and Other Businesses, Mass Gathering Maximums Increase

On March 15, 2021 Governor Wolf announced the lifting of some targeted restrictions on restaurants and other businesses, as well as increased gathering limits that will be effective starting April 4, 2021:

  • restaurants may resume bar service
  • alcohol service will be allowed w/o food purchase
  • curfew for removing alcoholic drinks from tables lifted
  • indoor dining capacity raised to 75% for restaurants that are self-certified
  • restaurants not self-certified may raise capacity to 50%
  • increase capacity for other businesses to 75%: personal services facilities, gyms + entertainment facilities
  • max occupancy limits for indoor events: 25%
  • max occupancy limits for outdoor events: 50%

All other safety orders are in effect. Click here to read the full press release.

COVID-19 Resources:

COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program (CHIRP)

The Pennsylvania COVID-19 Hospitality Industry Recovery Program applications opened on March 15, 2021 and ends June 15, 2021 or until all funds have been expended. Grants will be awarded to eligible applicants for the purpose of reimbursing revenue losses in increments of $5,000 with a maximum grant amount of $50,000.

Eligible entities for this program are strictly limited to those within the hospitality industry as defined by the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) and have the designation within the following subsectors:

  • Accommodation subsector (721)
  • Food Services and Drinking Places subsector (722)
Lebanon City Small Business Recovery Assistance Program

Lebanon City is still accepting applications to provide recovery assistance to small businesses struggling under the financial impact of COVID-19. The Lebanon City Small Business Recovery Assistance Program is a forgivable loan program designed to help small “mom and pop” businesses within the City of Lebanon.

Eligible business must:

  • Be located in the City of Lebanon
  • Have $1 million or less in annual revenue

Forgivable loan amounts are up to $7,500, according to annual business revenue noted below:

  • Businesses with annual revenue less than $250,000 may apply for $2,500.
  • Businesses with annual revenue between $250,001 and $500,000 may apply for $5,000.
  • Businesses with annual revenue between $500,001 and $1,000,000 may apply for $7,500.

Click the “Apply Now” button below to complete your application today.  For additional information or questions, please contact Janelle Mendoff at 717-228-4487 or 

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Loan

The City of Lebanon has teamed up with SmartBiz and Customers Bank to create a streamlined application process for local businesses to apply for the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans.

Click the “Apply Now” button below to learn more and to apply today.

Lebanon County Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The Emergency Rental Assistance Program is created to provide relief to Lebanon County households unable to pay rent and utilities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

An “eligible household” is a rental household in which one or more individuals meet the following criteria:

  • Qualifies for unemployment or has experienced a reduction in household income, incurred significant costs, or experienced a financial hardship due to COVID-19;
  • Demonstrates a risk of experiencing homelessness or housing instability; and
  • Rental assistance provided to an eligible household should not be duplicative of any other federally funded rental assistance provided to such household.
  • Eligible households that include an individual who has been unemployed for the 90 days prior to application for assistance and households with income at or below 50 percent of the area median are to be prioritized for assistance.
  • Household income is determined as either the household’s total income for calendar year 2020 or the household’s monthly income at the time of application. For household incomes determined using the latter method, income eligibility must be re-determined every 3 months.

Eligible households may receive up to 12 months of rental assistance, plus an additional 3 months if funds are available (determined by CAP).

In addition to rental assistance, households may be eligible for utility assistance. Click here for more information on utility assistance.

Both of these programs are administered by the Community Action Partnership (CAP). The money is available for these purposes, please apply.