Governor Wolf Orders All Non-Life Sustaining Businesses to Close – March 19, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 PM, March 19, 2020.  This is being done to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 AM, Saturday, March 21st.

Click HERE for a list of businesses considered non-life-sustaining and which businesses are exempt from this order.

In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health providers.

“To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf.  “This virus is an invisible danger that could be present everywhere.  We need to act with the strength we use against any other severe threat.  And, we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely.”

The governor had previously encouraged non-life-sustaining businesses to close to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars were already required to stop all dine-in services.  Enforcement for establishments with a liquor license began at 8 PM, March 18, and enforcement for all other food establishments will begin at 8 PM tonight.  Food establishments can offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service, including alcohol.

Pursuant to the Emergency Management Services Code, the governor is granted extraordinary powers upon his declaration of a disaster emergency, such as COVID-19. Among these powers, the governor may control the ingress and egress into the disaster area, the movement of persons, and the occupancy of premises within the disaster area, which has been established to be the entire commonwealth for the COVID-19 disaster emergency. The secretary of health separately is authorized under the law to employ measures necessary for the prevention and suppression of disease.

Separately, and taken together, the administration is exercising these powers to temporarily close all non-life-sustaining businesses and dine-in facilities at all restaurants and bars across the commonwealth. Persons must be removed from these premises to cope with the COVID-19 disaster emergency.

Failure to Comply and Enforcement
Failure to comply with these requirements will result in enforcement action that could include citations, fines, or license suspensions.

The governor has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce the closure orders to the full extent of the law:

  • Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions

Private businesses, local organizations and other noncompliant entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.

Finally, in addition to any other criminal charges that might be applicable, the Department of Health is authorized to prosecute noncompliant entities for the failure to comply with health laws, including quarantine, isolation or other disease control measures. Violators are subject to fines or imprisonment.

Business Loans and Support
The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.

The Wolf Administration today announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA).

Businesses seeking guidance from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH and selecting option 1.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/.

L.S.A.A. Suspends all Sports Activities

Effective immediately, all LSAA sports activities will be suspended until Monday, Mar. 30 due to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.  At that date, we will review what’s going on and make a determination in regards to lifting the suspension or keeping it in place.  The suspension includes try-outs, practices, games and team meetings.

Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause, but our first concern needs to be the health and well-being of our players, coaches and spectators.

We have also canceled our LSAA meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Mar. 17 at the township building.

Township Administration Building is CLOSED to the Public

The Lower Southampton Township Administration offices will be CLOSED to the public through March 29, 2020.  Unless other notice given, the Township plans to reopen the building to the public and continue general services on Monday, March 30, 2020.  During the closure, all Township staff will remain available via phone (215-357-7300) or email (administration@lstwp.org).

Please be assured that all emergency services, including police, fire and EMS services will continue to run without interruption.  In the event of an emergency, please dial 911.

Subscribe to our email updates on the homepage of our website to stay informed about the Township’s plans during this time.

March 16, 2020:

Parks & Recreation has announced that Zumba classes are postponed until further notice.

All Subsidiary Board meetings are canceled until March 30, 2020.  Because the Township Administration offices are closed to the public, no community groups or homeowner associations will be allowed to use the building for their meetings until March 30, 2020.

In a press conference Monday, the Governor Wolf said mitigation efforts in place in five counties will be extended statewide. All restaurants and bars in Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties were ordered to close their dine-in facilities Sunday. Non-essential retail businesses required to close statewide include gyms, theaters, malls, salons, entertainment venues and community centers. The governor said he anticipated the closures would last at least two weeks. It was previously announced state liquor stores will close for two weeks starting Tuesday.

Hours of Operations for Local Grocery Stores

Giant Supermarket:  Daily Hours are 7am to 10pm.   Special Hour for senior citizens is 6am to 7am.

Acme Supermarket:  Daily Hours are 7am to 10pm.  Special Hours for seniors/pregnant women  are 7am to 9am.

Bells Market:  Monday thru Saturday hours are 8AM to 9PM.  Sunday hours are 8AM to 7PM.  No special times for seniors.

 

March 19, 2020 Update on Corona Virus Information

Lower Southampton Township has been regularly monitoring information provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding COVID-2019 – coronavirus.  COVID-2019 is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in humans and can spread from person-to-person.  The most common symptoms are fever and cough, and sometimes difficulty breathing; however, these symptoms may also be caused by other illnesses.

The CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health both emphasize that the best way to prevent the spread of coronavirus is to practice these good health habits:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water, or hand sanitizer frequently throughout the day, and particularly before you eat or touch your face, and after you sneeze, cough or blow your nose.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Avoid close contact, or prolonged visits, with people who are sick.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your elbow.  Throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using household cleaning spray or disinfectant wipes.

For regular updates on the virus, please monitor the CDC’s website at www.CDC.gov.

March 6, 2020 UPDATE:  As of today, March 6, 2020, there are two (2) presumptive positive cases in Pennsylvania for the latest coronavirus (COVID-19). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), based on what is currently known, COVID-19 is spread from person to person, similar to the common cold or influenza.  The CDC website states that for the general American public — such as workers in non-healthcare settings and where it is unlikely that work tasks create an increased risk of exposure to COVID-19 — the immediate health risk is considered low. The severity of illness or how many people in the commonwealth or the U.S. will fall ill from COVID-19 is unknown at this time.

March 12, 2020 UPDATE:  As of today, there are 21 presumptive positive cases in Pennsylvania – 2 in Bucks County.   If you arrived in Pennsylvania from China or Iran anytime during the outbreaks there, you will be notified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health to stay home and practice social distancing for 14 days after travel.  If you have returned from travel in Italy or South Korea within the past 14 days, we ask that you call 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258) to let the department know about your travel, and then stay home and practice social distancing for 14 days after travel.

March 19, 2020 UPDATE:  As of today, there are 12 presumptive positive cases in Bucks County.

To keep up-to-date with important information regarding COVID-19, please see the following resources:

World Health Organization (WHO)

https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html

Pennsylvania Department of Health Media Page

https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/Health.aspx

Bucks County Health Department

http://www.buckscounty.org/government/healthservices/HealthDepartment/CoronavirusInfo

 

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