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VisitMercerCountyPA’s Efforts to Help Hospitality Workers Affected by the Pandemic

As a result of Governor Wolf’s mandate on Dec. 10, which included reducing retail capacity to 50 percent and banned indoor dining, many hospitality workers were laid off. To help the affected workers, VisitMercerCountyPA originally set aside $30,000 but increased the amount to $35,000 since the requests had exceeded 100 payments.

Managers of affected businesses provided VisitMercerCountyPA with a list of their laid-off employees.

With these efforts, VisitMercerCountyPA was able to help 150 laid-off workers with checks of $200.00 – $300.00.  With commitments of $3,500.00 from the Winner Foundation and United Way, VisitMercerCountyPA was able to give a total of $38,500.00 to laid-off workers. 

“Managers and owners were extremely grateful for the gift to their workers.  Several were almost in tears because they felt so bad about laying off employees just before Christmas,” said Peggy Mazyck, President, and CEO of VisitMercerCountyPA.

While laid-off workers can access unemployment benefits, it could take weeks for the initial payment. The checks provided by VisitMercerCountyPA were given out the Tuesday before Christmas so that workers had funds through the holidays.

To learn more about VisitMercerCountyPA and how you can support the hospitality industry in the Mercer County area, visit

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