PA Reopening Information, Township Rentals & Procedures, Facts & COVID-19/Coronavirus Resources, - UPDATED 6/22/2020

PA Reopening Information,Township Rentals & Procedures, Facts & COVID-19/Coronavirus 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 resource 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 follow the guidelines put in place by the CDC and Health Department to assist in avoiding spread in our community. 

Starting Friday, 6/26/2020, Chester County will move into 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.

GREEN PHASE

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

All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning.

Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary.

Further information for the plan to reopen Pennsylvania can be found here:

https://www.governor.pa.gov/process-to-reopen-pennsylvania/    

> Penn Township Park is open for its normal hours. We ask that you use equipment at your own risk, practice social distancing, obey the gathering guidelines put in place by the Governor and remember that our bathrooms are closed to the public at this time. < 


Penn Township Office Hours and Procedures During the COVID-19 Pandemic - UPDATED 6/22/2020

As mentioned 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. Starting 6/8/2020 our office is open to the public and we are operating on modified hours. Our office hours are currently; Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. These hours are subject to change. Only ONE person will be allowed in the lobby at a time. In order to protect our community, we kindly ask that you wear a mask, unless a medical condition prohibits it. Due to our modified hours, please be aware there may be a delay in our correspondance. However, do not hesitate to contact us with your questions or concerns, we will respond as quickly as possible.
Ways to get in touch - Email: [email protected] • Phone: 610-869-9620 • Fax: 610-869-9194 • After Hours/Emergency: 302-690-6245
 
2. We are asking anyone who needs to DROP OFF forms, applications, permits, etc. outside of our office hours to either mail them via USPS, email them to [email protected] or put them in the wall mailbox attached to the right of the office door. We will check this mailbox Monday through Thursday.
 

3. All township and park bathrooms are closed to the public. There are port-a-potties stationed in the park and we will have them cleaned several times a week.

4. Community room and pavilion rentals will be accepted once we move into the green phase, with safety procedures set in place. We will have our facilities cleaned after every rental to ensure the safety of our renters, their guests, and our staff. Because of this, a cleaning fee will be added on to the cost of every rental, with the price TBD. If you have an inquiry about a rental, we encourage you to contact our office. Please remember according to the phased re-opening schedule; in green phase large gatherings will still have some restrictions in place. 

5.  Right to Know requests are still being accepted. However, due to our limited office hours, we respectfully request that unless your need for records is urgent, you hold off on requests until we resume regular office hours. If you are in need of an urgent record, please submit your request via email and we will do everything in our power to full fill your request in a timely fashion. Please also note, that at this time we are only able to email or mail records, you will not be allowed in the office to inspect records. This limits our ability to provide large scale prints unless they are already scanned. Thank you for understanding!

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.

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.  


Get the Facts

How does COVID-19 spread?

  • The virus is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person.
  • Between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet).
  • Through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
  • These droplets can land in the mouths or noses of people who are nearby or possibly be inhaled into the lungs.

Do you think you have been exposed to COVID-19?

Here is a link to report your potential exposure (please note that this is a link to Chester County's website and NOT a direct link to reporting any COVID-19 exposure). 

Where do I get tested for COVID-19?

The Health Department does not conduct testing for COVID-19. You will need to consult with your healthcare provider to determine whether you should be tested. If he/she determines that you need to be tested, he/she will consult with the Health Department and will provide guidance on testing.

CDC guidance says that decisions on which patients receive testing should be based on the local epidemiology of COVID-19, as well as the clinical course of illness. Healthcare providers are strongly encouraged to test for other causes of respiratory illness, including infections such as influenza.

If you are not sick enough to need emergency medical treatment, you should not go to the emergency room.

What is the recommendation for individuals with chronic health conditions or weakened immune systems?

Individuals with chronic health conditions and/or weakened immune systems are at higher risk for COVID-19. The Chester County Health Department strongly recommends these individuals should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible. This includes public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others such as concert venues, conventions, sporting events, festivals, and crowded social gatherings. If in doubt, individuals should consult their healthcare provider to decide the best course of action.


What is the recommendation for older individuals?

Older individuals, those over 60 years of age, are at higher risk for COVID-19. The Chester County Health Department strong recommends these individuals should stay home and away from large groups of people as much as possible. This includes public places with lots of people and large gatherings where there will be close contact with others such as concert venues, conventions, sporting events, festivals, and crowded social gatherings. If in doubt, individuals should consult their healthcare provider to decide the best course of action.

If you have any further questions about COVID-19, call the Greater Philadelphia Coronavirus Helpline at 1-800-722-7112 (they are assisting with Chester County questions)


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 these next couple of weeks. 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.   
 

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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 National Association of Psychologists have put together guidelines, tips and resources to help parents talk with their children about the coronavirus, personal hygiene and reassurances. Check it out: Talking with Your Children About Coronavirus: A Parent Resource

Since schools are closed for at least two weeks, here are some fun and educational resources for kids: