Of primary importance to us is the health and safety of our employees, your employees, and the public at large. Accordingly, the Commonwealth intends to take a measured approach to reopening as counties move from red to yellow. Generally, here is what you can expect regarding Commonwealth operations located in leased facilities when a county moves from red to yellow:
Of particular note in this process is the need for continued patience, collaboration, and communication. As agencies determine what a public-facing service delivery model and reopening strategy looks like location by location in a COVID-19 environment, DGS will communicate that strategy and its potential impacts or operational changes with lessors directly.
In the interim, we are aware many lessors have questions about current operations as well as reopening broadly.
We have captured some of those Frequently Asked Questions here:
are not responsible for providing PPE to Commonwealth tenants, as the
Commonwealth has made arrangements for all employees to have access to PPE
appropriate for the performance of their essential functions. Lessors are also
not responsible for providing masks to visitors to their locations. Lessors do
have a responsibility to provide all employees with a mask, and to make wearing
a mask a requirement as outlined in the Secretary of the PA DOH’s Order Directing Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-person Operations (DOH, April 19, 2020).
Lessors also are responsible for ensuring any contracted staff is compliant
with the mask requirement as outlined in the order.
guidance provided in our communication of March 17,2020 remains in place for notification of DGS-BRE in the event of a
confirmed COVID-19 case in a Commonwealth leased facility, regardless of
commonwealth tenant or non-commonwealth tenant.
this time, the Commonwealth continues to follow the CDCGuidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Your Facility. To the extent
cleaning beyond these requirements is necessary, DGS-BRE and the agency tenant
will request and coordinate those services with the lessor directly.
the extent the building has been dormant during the Stay at Home Order, lessors
should review the PA Department of Environmental Protection Guidance for Dormant Building Water Flushing and implement it
as directed. The CDC also provides CDC Guidance forReopening Buildings After Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation, which
may be applicable.
contact the DGS Bureau of Real Estate (Beth Christian, email@example.com
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