Consumer Protection

Senator Hughes and likeminded colleagues in Pennsylvania’s highest offices are continuing to prioritize the needs of the people as we fight to get through the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic together.

The latest example comes from Attorney General Josh Shapiro, who has taken critical steps in helping protect the people of Pennsylvania, partnering with financial institutions to help protect the needs of the people with the PA CARE Package. The program is intended to supplement the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, And Economic Security (CARES) Act on a state level.

Here is what participating financial institutions are guaranteeing as a part of committing to the initiative:

  • Expansion of small and medium business loan availability
  • 90-day grace period for mortgages (at least)
  • 90-day grace period for other consumer loans such as auto loans
  • 90-day window for relief from fees and charges such as late, overdraft fees
  • Foreclosure, eviction, or motor vehicle repossession moratorium for 60 days
  • No adverse credit reporting for accessing relief on consumer loans

Banks participating so far include PNC, Dollar Bank, Citizens Bank, Fulton Bank, OceanFirst Bank, InFirst Bank, Clearview Federal Credit Union, WSFS Bank and First Commonwealth Bank.

Other assistance including foodunemployment, and utility assistance is available at this time. If you have any questions about resources please call Senator Hughes’ district office at 215-879-7777 or visit for more information on the pandemic.

Remember, you can do your part to stop the spread of the virus by staying home!

Here is guide issued by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, helping provide clear guidance and direction in response to coronavirus COVID-19. The residents of Philadelphia and its suburbs have been ordered to remain at home as to help prevent spread of coronavirus, find out what that means for you. 

Keep in mind, Philadelphia is regularly updating its website to provide more information and resources on coronavirus COVID-19.  

Montgomery County is doing the same

Here are some reminders about preventing spread of the disease: 

Best practices to plan, prepare for and respond to the coronavirus COVID-19, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

What are the symptoms of coronavirus? 
Symptoms of the COVID-19 can include: 

  • Fever 
  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath  

The symptoms may appear in as few as two days or as long as 14 days after exposure. Reported illnesses have ranged from people with little to no symptoms to people being severely ill and dying.  
What to do if you think you have coronavirus COVID-19, according to the CDC

  • Stay home except to get medical care 
  • Separate yourself from other people and animals in your home 
  • Call ahead before visiting your doctor 
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick 
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes 
  • Clean your hands often 
  • Avoid sharing personal household items 
  • Clean all “high-touch” surfaces everyday 

For more details on what to do prevent coronavirus COVID-19 spread, visit the CDCs full list of recommendations.

Read more: CDC recommendations on getting tested for coronavirus 

Coronavirus Information Sheet - click to download.

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