If your county Recorder of Deeds office is closed as ordered by the Governor, Secretary of Health, and/or county officials, then all notary deadlines (oaths of office and recording bonds, etc.) will be extended by operation of law to the next business day. Long-term closures will mean long-term extensions of time.
If a Recorder’s office is still open but trying to limit foot traffic, a potential work-around could be to have the notary take the oath of office before another official authorized to take oaths (any fellow notary public, judge, etc.). The notary oath of office is not required to be taken before the Recorder of Deeds. Once the notary has taken the oath and it is indicated on the bond form, the Recorder may follow through with the recording process. If there is a long-term closure of a Recorder’s office to the public, perhaps notaries could mail their original executed documents to the Recorders and a copy of their signature card to the Prothonotary.
The Department will work with individual notaries to extend deadlines or reappoint notaries as warranted.