Statewide Mitigation Guidance

  • All non-essential businesses are asked to close. Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities.
  • People are asked to only travel if necessary. Businesses that can have workers telecommute are encouraged to do so. UWP has developed Virtual Meeting Guidance for our members.
  • In an effort to further restrict potential COVID-19 exposure within the courts, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court announced that all Pennsylvania courts – including trial and intermediate appellate courts – are closed to the public for non-essential functions through at least April 30, 2020.
  • Real-ID implementation has been suspended and the new deadline will be fall 2021.
  • The Department of Corrections has implemented a statewide inmate quarantine in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. All inmate movement will be controlled to conform to social distancing recommendations.
  • The PA State Police will be implementing a limited-contact response to some calls. Call types eligible for a modified response include lost and found items, littering, identity theft, and general requests to speak to a trooper. While limiting in-person contact and collecting as much information via telephone is the goal, the actual response will be based on the totality of the circumstances of each unique situation in consultation with a supervisor on duty. State police response protocol to emergencies and crimes in progress remains unchanged.


The 2020 Census

  • The 2020 Census is already in the self-response phase. Households will begin to receive their census forms in the mail and may have already done so. All households will receive a form by April 1st. The census can be completed either:
    • Online at
    • Via phone in multiple language
    • By mail (rural areas will have this option immediately – other households will receive a paper form if they do not complete the initial form)
  • Census operations will not cease during this time period. We are asking you to follow PA Department of Health and CDC recommendations. Top priority for us all is to protect Pennsylvanians, especially the most vulnerable.

On March 18, 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau announced some adjustments to 2020 Census operations to protect the health and safety of the public and its staff, while fulfilling its statutory requirements for delivery of its counts on schedule.

  • Currently, the planned completion date for data collection for the 2020 Census is mid-August, but that date may be adjusted as the situation evolves. The start of certain operations will be delayed.
  • In May, census takers around the nation will begin visiting households that have not yet responded to the 2020 Census to help complete the count.
  • Working with group quarter administrators, including nursing homes, college dorms, prisons, and other institutional living facilities, encouraging counting methods like eResponse that minimize in-person contact
  • A full document explaining the timeline shift is available here.

This increases the potential of HTC populations being missed. Please elevate the safe, social-distancing methods of completing the census (online, phone, mail) as often as you can.