Michaelle Bond is the regional governing reporter and covers government news and trends in the region's counties and municipalities, from the Philadelphia suburbs to South Jersey.

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L&I finally launched online permitting — in time for coronavirus to shut down Philadelphia

Contractors still need permits for payment and to continue work under waivers, even as much of the city's construction has halted due to the coronavirus.

Coronavirus leaves home buyers and sellers in limbo — and at financial risk

“I never thought, ‘What about if no one can leave their house?’ ” one home seller said. “That was never in the realm of possibilities I considered.”

Coronavirus turns ‘Census Day’ virtual

Physical events marking Census Day have turned into social media campaigns, phone banking, and virtual happy hours and trivia.

Coronavirus quiets the boom of Philly construction

States such as New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland that have similar stay-at-home orders have carved out construction as an essential activity.

As the first rent payments during the coronavirus pandemic come due, landlords hope for the best

N.J. and Pa. temporarily have halted evictions, foreclosures, and the shutoff of utilities. The Philadelphia Tenants Union is advocating for the suspension of rent payments during the pandemic.

Real estate agents are trying to adapt to keep selling houses during the coronavirus pandemic

Open houses are out and virtual tours are in as real estate agents adjust how they help clients buy and sell houses during the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus pandemic pushes back Census Bureau’s deadline for collecting 2020 responses

Visits from census takers to households that have not responded to the census were scheduled to begin on May 13. They now start May 28.

As the coronavirus halts some Census Bureau operations, Gov. Wolf asks for 2020 Census extension

The U.S. Census Bureau is suspending its 2020 Census field operations and some trainings for at least two weeks as the coronavirus pandemic grows.

Historic homes in Philly can now add garage or basement apartments

As of Jan. 1, for the first time, owners of historic properties in the city can add accessory dwelling units, such as in-law suites and basement rentals.

The coronavirus’ latest cancellation: Lucy the Elephant’s Airbnb stays

Six guests were scheduled to stay overnight in Lucy from Tuesday through Thursday.