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​COVID-19 Re-opening Occupancy Guidance

As Pennsylvania moves to re-open businesses and public spaces, the Commonwealth's phased approach to re-opening includes guidance on the maximum occupancy for many types of businesses. 

More information on determining your location's maximum occupancy is below.  Restaurants should also refer to the Guidance for Businesses in the Restaurant Industry for additional information about safely seating patrons.

To calculate your business's 50% occupancy limit:

  1. Contact your local building code official regarding your business's occupant load/capacity.  Ninety-five percent of PA municipalities enforce building codes though local building code officials or a certified third party; if your business is within a municipality that has relinquished its building enforcement authority to the Department of Labor & Industry, please contact the Bureau of Occupation and Industrial Safety at 717-787-3806.

  2. Provide a copy of your certificate of occupancy to the building code official.  As a reference to determine the occupant load/capacity of a building, you may look to Table 1004.1.2, Maximum Floor Area Allowances per occupant of the International Building Code for reference. Mercantile/retail example: The table allows for 60 square feet gross per person in the show room floor/sales area of the building and 300 square feet gross per person in the stock room/warehouse area of the building to calculate your maximum occupant load/capacity.

  3. The building code official will determine your business's occupant load/capacity using the International Building Code.

  4. Reduce your business's occupant load/capacity by 50%; this is your occupant load/capacity limit if your county is in the "green" phase.

Each business should use their own discretion to determine if social distancing can be adequately maintained at 50% occupancy, or if a lower capacity is needed to ensure that social distancing be maintained.