HARRISBURG – A day after the Lancaster County Commissioners formalized agreements with Lancaster General Hospital, the Lancaster Economic Development Corporation and the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, local lawmakers in the General Assembly supported final passage of a bill to allow counties to develop and implement their own COVID-19 mitigation plans for businesses.

On Thursday, the House of Representatives approved SB 327, which is a comprehensive response to the pandemic. The bill allows a county’s governing body to develop its own COVID-19 mitigation plan to fit the unique circumstances and needs of their own communities. The plan must be created in consultation with county health and emergency management officials. The bill would also allow businesses to open only if they can comply with the mitigation measures outlined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH). If signed into law, the bill would offer relief to many Lancaster County employers who were forced to close by Governor Wolf and were subsequently denied a waiver from the Department of Community and Economic Development to continue operating.