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PENNSYLVANIA: Coronavirus Updates

NESPA continues to monitor the situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our region. We are committed to providing our members with the services they need to manage their businesses through these unusual times.

Please be aware, things are changing on daily basis in some areas, and we will continue to keep information as current as possible. If you have information about something happening on a local level, please send it to executive@nespapool.org 

For General Information on COVID-19 and Business Resources, Click Here

For information on federal resources click here


Most Recent News

Pool & Spa Service Classified as Essential in PA

Effective Monday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m., a “Stay at Home” order was issued for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia Counties. Individuals may leave their residence to perform work providing essential products or services.

The Office of Governor Wolfe (see linked email below) has stated that

  • Operating a Swimming Pool store is prohibited.
  • The building or constructing of Swimming Pools is prohibited. Residential work that is “substantially complete” may continue to completion
  • Maintenance of Swimming Pools/Spas is permitted as they fall under the Service to Buildings & Dwellings.
  • A waiver from the State in not needed to service pools/spas.


March 20, 2020

Pennsylvania Orders Only Life-Sustaining Business to Stay Open

Gov. Tom Wolf orders all Pennsylvania businesses that aren’t ‘life-sustaining’ to close effective Thursday, March 19, 2020.  The state has put together a document outlining  what businesses can and cannot operate. 

We believe based on this guidance that Pool & Spa Service falls under an essential business (Other Services/Repair & Maintenance/Personal & Household Goods Repair and Maintenance).

March 16, 2020

The Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut announced efforts to increase social distancing requirements effective at 8 p.m. on March 16, 2020. These requirements pertain to certain businesses (restaurants, movie theaters, gyms and casinos) and social gatherings.  On Saturday, March 14th, the Governor of Pennsylvania announced similar restrictions in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties.

Other businesses, including pool and spa companies, can operate from 5:00 am to 8:00 pm each day but must adhere to the following

  • Offices, meetings and gatherings can have no more than 50 people. Retail operations should keep store occupancy under 50 people as well.
  • Employees should follow social distancing guidelines (What is social distancing?)

We recommend that our members with larger staff sizes review staffing plans to ensure any gathering is under 50 people. Options include using staggered schedules, virtual meetings or teleconferences with staff when necessary. It is also important for companies of all sizes to make sure all employees are aware of social distancing guidelines and how to effectively use them when with coworkers and customers. View additional resources from the CDC here.


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