Bristol Road to Close for Pipe Replacement November 16

Bristol Road will be closed and detoured between Brownsville Road and Neshaminy Boulevard in Lower Southampton and Bensalem townships, Bucks County, on Monday, November 16, through Friday, November 20, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for pipe replacement by Bucks County maintenance, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

During the closure, Bristol Road motorists will be directed to use Brownsville Road, Old Street Road, Street Road (Route 132), Old Lincoln Highway, Rockhill Drive and Neshaminy Boulevard.  Local access will be maintained up to the work zone. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Work on this operation will be in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and state Department of Health guidance as well as a project-specific COVID-19 safety plan, which will include protocols for social distancing, use of face coverings, personal and job-site cleaning protocols, management of entries to the jobsite, special signing, and relevant training.

 

Bustleton Pike Lane Closures Week of November 9th

Periodic right lane closures are scheduled in both directions on Route 532 (Bustleton Pike) between County Line Road and Route 132 (Street Road) in Lower Southampton Township, Bucks County, on Monday, November 9, through Friday, November 13, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, for pipe repair as part of a project to repair and resurface 35 miles of state highway in Bucks County, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) announced today.

Motorists are advised to allow extra time when traveling near the work areas because backups and delays may occur. All scheduled activities are weather dependent.

Under this improvement project, PennDOT is milling and repaving several state highways, as well as general maintenance in Bucks County.

James D. Morrissey, Inc., of Philadelphia, is the general contractor on the $10,457,349 project, which is financed with 100 percent state funds from Act 89, Pennsylvania’s transportation plan.

COVID-19 Grant Opportunities for Homeowners & Businesses

Bucks County Grant to Cover Delinquent Mortgages 

A new grant program (as of October 2020) will pay delinquent mortgages for qualifying individuals and families in Bucks County who have experienced reduced income as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Credit Counseling Center’s Foreclosure Counseling Program received a grant from Bucks County Department of Community and Economic Development to provide foreclosure counseling services and financial assistance for those struggling with mortgage payments because of the pandemic. While funds last, the grant will pay the delinquent mortgage amount for individuals who meet the unemployment, income, mortgage, property and eligibility requirements.

 To see if you qualify to have your mortgage covered, or for other housing-related assistance, call to schedule an appointment with Credit Counseling Center: 215-348-8003.

Bucks Back to Work Small Business Grants

The application window is now open and will remain available until Thursday, November 12 at 5 PM.

The Bucks Back to Work program is funded through the Federal CARES Act to reduce the financial burden that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused Bucks County businesses.

The total grant award must be used by December 30, 2020.  Some items that would be applicable under the program are:

  • Personal protective equipment for your staff and/or guests
  • Winterization items like heated bubble tents, outdoor heaters and blankets
  • Equipment leases
  • Rent and mortgage

For complete program guidelines, visit the grant application.  Questions regarding this program can be emailed to: bucksbacktowork@buckscounty.org.

Amended Guidelines on Safe Gathering Limits Set by Governor Wolf

Gov. Wolf, Sec. Levine Amend Guidelines on Safe Gathering Limits

Pennsylvanians Must Wear Masks, Social Distance, Follow Established Local Restrictions

Harrisburg, PA – As Pennsylvanians continue to do their part by adopting healthy behaviors to combat the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine amended existing COVID-19 orders to allow for adjusted capacity to gathering limits while keeping in place the proven mitigation tools that include wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

“Pennsylvanians must continue to social distance and wear masks as we prepare to fight the virus through the fall and winter,” Gov. Wolf said. “Regardless of the size of an event or gathering, those things are still imperative to stopping the spread of COVID. We know everyone has sacrificed in many ways and today’s announcement reflects a gradual adjustment to our lives as we learn how we can do things safely until we have a cure, or an effective vaccine is widely available.”

“We will closely monitor cases and outbreaks and if our case investigation and contact tracing efforts determine that events or gatherings are the source of an outbreak, we can and will dial back these new limits,” Dr. Levine said. “Public health and safety are our first concern and will always remain as such.”

Starting on Friday, Oct. 9 amended orders will allow for venue occupancy limits to play a bigger role in determining the number of people permitted both inside and outside of events or gatherings. An event or gathering is defined as a temporary grouping of individuals for defined purposes that takes place over a limited timeframe, such as hours or days, including fairs, festivals, concerts, or shows and groupings that occur within larger, more permanent businesses, such as shows or performances within amusement parks, individual showings of movies, business meetings or conferences, or each party or reception within a multi-room venue.

Conversely, groups of people who share a space within a building in the ordinary course of operations, such as in an office building, classroom, production floor or similar regularly occurring operation of a business or organization, are not events or gatherings.

All businesses are required to conduct their operations remotely through individual teleworking of their employees in the jurisdiction or jurisdictions in which they do business unless that is not possible. In those instances, employees may conduct in-person business operations, provided that the businesses fully comply with the business safety order, the worker safety order, and the masking order.

The orders amend two sections of the July 15 mitigation orders and include a “maximum occupancy calculator” for both indoor and outdoor events. Based on a venue’s established occupancy limit as defined by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Life Safety Code, venues apply the appropriate percent of occupancy to determine how many attendees are permitted to attend an event or gathering.

Here are the calculators:

Maximum Occupancy Calculator for indoor events:

Maximum Occupancy Allowable Indoor Rate 
0-2,000 people 20% of Maximum Occupancy
2,001 – 10,000 people 15% of Maximum Occupancy
Over 10,000 people 10% of Maximum Occupancy up to 3,750 people

Maximum Occupancy Calculator for outdoor events:

Maximum Occupancy Allowable Outdoor Rate 
0-2,000 people 25% of Maximum Occupancy
2,001 – 10,000 people 20% of Maximum Occupancy
Over 10,000 people 15% of Maximum Occupancy up to 7,500 people

Venues must require attendees to comply with 6-foot social distancing requirements, to wear masks or face coverings, and to implement best practices such as timed entry, multiple entry and exit points, multiple restrooms and hygiene stations. Venues and event planners can review the CDC Events and Gatherings Readiness and Planning Tool for additional information regarding best practices.

When not hosting events, occupancy restrictions outlined in the green phase of reopening continue to apply to businesses in the commonwealth.

Any gathering restrictions established by local authorities, such as the ones established in Philadelphia and State College, remain in effect.

View the governor’s amended order here.

View the secretary’s amended order here.

View FAQs about the amended orders on safe gatherings.