COVID-19 : Township Procedures & Hours, PA Reopening Information, Facts & Resources - UPDATED 1/19/2021

COVID-19 : Township Procedures & Hours, PA Reopening Information, Facts & Resources 

A Note From Penn Township

Penn Township has been, and is continuing to monitor the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic closely. We are dedicated to keeping Penn Township residents, businesses and visitors safe and healthy while also providing them with accurate information and resources. With that in mind, we decided to create this page to keep our residents and business owners informed and updated on the ins and outs of the pandemic. We wish everyone well and urge you to follow the guidelines put in place by the CDC and Health Department to assist in avoiding spread in our community. 

What is Penn Township Doing to Minimize Risk?

On Sunday, March 15, 2020 the Penn Township Board of Supervisors approved Resolution 2020-06 Declaration of Disaster Emergency. This declaration will allow the township to take the necessary steps to meet the demands of this emergency. This proclamation will be in effect until the National Emergency is lifted. 

Large facilities and groups within Penn Township are being asked to come up with and share their action plans for this pandemic. Our Emergency Management Coordinator, Chuck Freese, is gathering those plans. He is charged with coordinating and forwarding unmet needs and requests to the county.  


Penn Township Office Hours and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic - UPDATED 1/19/21

As mentioned above we are dedicated to our residents' safety and health. We also want to do our best to protect our office staff, so the following procedures have been put in place until further notice.  
 
1. Our office is open to the public. Our office has operated, on modified hours, throughout the entire pandemic. We are now open to the public and back to operating at our normal hours. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. - These hours are subject to change for various reasons. We are asking that only ONE person occupy the lobby at a time, due to it's small space. We kindly ask that you wear a mask, unless a medical condition prohibits it. 
 
Please be aware, we are not a COVID-19 testing site. You can check the county website for testing information, we also have testing information listed below. If you think you may have COVID-19 or are experiencing any symptoms, please do not enter our building. Give us a call and we can assist you. 
 
Ways to get in touch with the office - Email: office@penntownship.us • Phone: 610-869-9620 • Fax: 610-869-9194 • After Hours/Emergency: 302-690-6245
 
2. Permits and applications can be dropped off or picked up from the office in person. You can also drop applications and forms in the locked drop box attached to the building, to the right of our office doors. Applications and forms can also be emailed or mailed. 
 
3. All township and park bathrooms are still closed to the public. There are port-a-potties stationed in the park and we will have them cleaned regularly.
 
4. Community room and pavilion rentals have resumed in moderation. We have revised our rental procedures to adhere with national, state and county safety procedures. This means the capacity of our facilities may be limited, especially in the community room. You can read our updated rental agreement under 'Applications & Forms' on our main page. Our rental agreement is subject to change at any time. Please get in touch with the office to inquire about available dates and to make a reservation. 
 
6. Penn Township Park is open for its normal hours. Use the park and it's equipment at your own risk, masks are highly encouraged, practice social distancing, mind the gathering guidelines put in place by the Governor and remember that our bathrooms are closed to the public at this time. 
 
We thank you for your cooperation during this time and apologize for any inconvenience it may bring, however we feel these precautions are necessary until the COVID-19 threat minimizes.

GREEN PHASE

Chester County is now in the green phase of reopening. The green phase eases most restrictions with the continued suspension of the stay at home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health.

While this phase will facilitate a return to a “new normal,” it will be equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.

WORK & CONGREGATE SETTING RESTRICTIONS

  • Continued Telework Strongly Encouraged
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements
  • All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy
  • Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance
  • Congregate Care Restrictions in Place
  • Prison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual Facilities
  • Schools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth Guidance

SOCIAL RESTRICTIONS

  • Large Gatherings of More Than 250 Prohibited
  • Masks Are Required When Entering a Business
  • Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged
  • All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy
  • Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols

Protect Yourself
 
COVID-19 or coronavirus is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. 
 
Some common symptoms of COVID-19 include: fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
 
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.
 
 
 

Where do I get tested for COVID-19?

The Chester County Health Department offers testing site throughout the county. You can check the testing site schedule here. You must register for these tests in advance, you can register on their website

Testing is also offered by select CVS Minute Clinics and Rite Aid Pharmancys. Learn more about testing sites, at home testing and results here.  

Learn more about Chester County's COVID-19 data - HERE 

If you have any further questions about COVID-19, you can call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112.
The Chester County Health Department can be reached at 610-344-6225.

COVID-19 Resources from the State and County 

The Government at the national, state and county level are all working very hard to keep everyone as informed as possible. By now there is a lot of information about coronavirus online, we urge you to use sites that are trustworthy and factual. We've listed several sources that you may find helpful as we navigate through this difficult time. PA Department of Health, Chester County Health Department and Center for Disease Control offer tons of information and keep their sites updated with local, state and national COVID-19 information.   
 
 

Kids & COVID-19

This is a scary time for all of us, but it is particularly scary for children who may not understand what is going on. The best thing you can do for your child is educate yourself. Learn about the CDC's recommendations and guidance specifically for children here. Learn about the CDC's recommendations for talking with children and helping them cope here. Read about the CDC's recommendations and guidance for returning to school here. Learn more about children and coping from the National Association of School Psychologists here.

Here are some fun and educational resources for kids: