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Gov. Wolf, Secretary Levine Provide Updated Guidance, Stress Need for Compliance as Cases Rise 

March 20, 2020 
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Gov. Wolf, Secretary Levine Provide Updated Guidance, Stress Need for Compliance as Cases Rise 

Updated Business Guidance
Business Waiver Application Form
FAQ on Business Guidance

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine provided an update today on their orders to close all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania at 8 p.m. yesterday, March 19, as the state seeks relief to save lives, stop the spread of COVID-19 and help workers and businesses through this challenging and quickly changing situation.

“Yesterday, I made the difficult decision to order the closure of the physical locations of businesses that are not critical to sustaining life in a pandemic, and to practice social distancing for all others,” said Governor Wolf. “We’re in an unprecedented crisis and we need to use every tool at our disposal. The difficult decisions we make now will make it possible for our health care workers to manage this crisis as we see the full brutality of the virus in the coming weeks.”

The orders to close the physical locations of all non-life-sustaining business took effect at 8 p.m. last night, March 19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21. Businesses are encouraged to use virtual or telework operations if they can do so.

A list of both life-sustaining and non-life-sustaining businesses is here. Business guidance has been updated after conversations with businesses, stakeholders, and individuals—in consultation with the Department of Health—and has been aligned with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency advisory released yesterday.

This is an evolving situation and decisions will continue to be made and revisited as needed. If a business listed for closure believes it could help mitigate this crisis by providing a life sustaining service, it can seek an exemption. Businesses can get a waiver application through the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) website. or may contact the Department of Community and Economic Development at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH and selecting option 1.

“I was a business owner for much of my adult life and I understand your concerns,” said Gov. Wolf. “These are uncharted waters and we’re going to do everything we can to help the people and businesses of Pennsylvania.”

DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to as they become available. Governor Wolf announced yesterday 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).

The spread of COVID-19 is increasing at an exponential pace, especially in urban areas and southeast Pennsylvania. New cases are beginning to appear in other counties, which suggests community spread. The Department of Health reported earlier today there were 83 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the statewide total to 268 Pennsylvanians who have tested positive in 26 counties.

“While we continue to be concerned about the spread of this virus to seniors, a preliminary analysis from the CDC this week shows that 20 percent of all hospitalized patients in the U.S. are between 20 and 44 years old,” said Dr. Rachel Levine. “We are seriously concerned that individuals in their 20 to 44 age range are not heeding the message to stay home and are creating an unnecessary risk to themselves and others.”

The Department of Health is working with health systems and hospitals to determine their current abilities to handle a surge of people needing hospitalization and the commonwealth is looking for all options to add capacity for the health care system to care for a surge of Pennsylvanians needing care.

“There is one way to make sure people don’t need to be hospitalized and we don’t strain our health care system: Stay calm. Stay home. Stay safe,” said Dr. Levine.

MEDIA CONTACT: Lyndsay Kensinger, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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March 19, 2020 
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Wolf Administration Orders Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses at 8 p.m. Today, March 19
Enforcement Actions for Restaurant, Bar Dine-In Closure Began at 8 p.m., March 18
Enforcement Actions for Non-Compliance will Begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21

Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

Gov. Wolf’s order is here.

A video statement from Gov. Wolf is here.

Sec. of Health’s order is here.

A list of life-sustaining businesses is here. 

 In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care 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 p.m. March 18, and enforcement for all other food establishments will begin at 8 p.m. 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 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 1-877-PA-HEALTH and selecting option 1.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit:

MEDIA CONTACT: Lyndsay Kensinger, Governor’s Office 
BUSINESS CONTACT: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 1-877-PA-HEALTH option 1
                                  Or by webform at 

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Working Out Agility Plan With PennDOT

Working Out Agility Plan With PennDOT

Pike County Dispatch - Thursday, March 5, 2020
By Wayne Witkowski

DINGMANS FERRY -- Delaware Township has taken the first steps toward an unprecedented service-for-service partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation.
Supervisors at their bi-monthly meeting unanimously approved a resolution executing an Agility Agreement and approved the township to enter into a work plan under PennDOT's recent introduced Agility Program. It came after lengthy discussion during the supervisor's workshop held before the regular meeting.
A PennDOT handout explains "Agility enables PennDOT and its eligible partners to exchange services, equipment and staff without monetary payments. Agility helps PennDOT and its partners to make the most of limited resources while developing strong and rewarding relationships."
Any arrangement need approval by PennDOT's attorneys.
The concept is good," commented Board of Supervisors Chairman John Henderson when the topic was introduced and explained.
"It's good but can it really come to fruition," wondered Roadmaster Vince Flatt.
One idea is to take an area for storing ground up asphalt and reuse it to pave local road projects.
"They're talking to us to take our space in our yard and then giving us material," affirmed Roadmaster Vince Flatt. He said a similar arrangement was made in Wayne County under RAP (Recycle Asphalt Program) but said no Pike County township had yet to partner with PennDOT in the Agility Program.
"We're hoping to have that RAP agreement here," said township Administrator Krista Predmore after the meeting. Supervisors had talked during the workshop about the amount of asphalt that would be churned up in the Wilson Hill Road project when it comes up locally without having to cart in fresh asphalt.
"It will save wear and tear on their trucks," said Supervisor Jane Neufeld.
Flatt said road shoulder mowing can be handed off in the arrangement. He figured the township could save more than $10,000.
At the meeting, the board approved a motion advertising for letters of interest from any township resident looking to volunteer for staff positions in the township's emergency management organization during declared disasters. There are opportunities in administrative and field positions, a handout reads. A valid Pennsylvania driver's license and background check are required. No experience is required but any background in planning or emergency services is a plus and training will be provided. Letters must be submitted by March 31 to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
Supervisors accepted the resignations of Recreation Committee members Dennis Lee and Steve Tarquini. Lee resigned because he is a member of the township's Auditor Board and can not serve on both boards simultaneously. Tarquini was approved by the supervisors at the meeting as a new member of the Zoning Hearing Board, along with Ted Parsell. It means Tarquini likewise had to step down from the Rec Committee. Tarquini's wife -- Terasa -- and Grace Gutschmidt were appointed to the Rec Committee. Jammie Fabela was approved as a member of the Zoning Hearing Board.
Supervisors also approved a motion for use of the township Quarry by the Pocono Environmental Education Center on July 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon as part of its Sci-Q program. Also approved was the use of township fields 1-4 by Dingman Delaware Little League from April 1 through June 30 from 5-8 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturdays.
Supervisors at their next meeting on March 11 will conduct a public hearing at 7:15 p.m. on amendments to Ordinance 110 and Ordinance 901 Definitions regarding size and brightness of commercial business signs.
Henderson pointed out during announcements that the township Volunteer Ambulance Corps will host its annual Easter Plan and Bake Sale from noon to 7 p.m. on April 10 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 11.
He also reminded residents that they can apply online for the new mail-in ballot option rather than go the polls for the upcoming Primary and General elections. Go to where paper applications can be printed out and mailed to the county election office.

He said the National Park Service reminds residents that River Road in Monroe County will be closed on warmer nights, particularly in wet weather conditions, to protect breeding amphibians.

Township Joins Road Race 'Competition'

Township Joins Road Race 'Competition'
The Pike County Dispatch
Thursday, February 20, 2020
By Wayne Witkowski

DINGMANS FERRY -- Road running is back in the southern part of Pike County.
Delaware Township's Board of Supervisors, at their regular bi-monthly meeting last week, approved a 6-kilometer Long Meadow Run that will begin and end in a loop along Long Meadow Chapel from 8 a.m. to noon on May 16. The approval came after a lengthy discussion with Long Meadow Pastor Shawn Coleman during the workshop session before the regular meeting.
"We wanted to have one (road race) two years ago but it was too complicated" to set up and finalize a request with the township supervisors, said Coleman afterward. At that time, the request was discussed but was too close to the proposed date of the event to organize it.
Earlier in the week, Lehman Township approved the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's use of Bushkill Falls Road for a half-marathon scheduled for Oct. 15. Approximately 800 to 1,000 people are expected to run in that event.
The Long Meadow Chapel Run is the local event that is part of the World Vision's "6 K for Water" international day for participants to run or walk. A press release explains the event's observance of the need to bring life-changing clean water to communities who have to travel great distances to get it.

"Each participant's registration fee provides life-changing clean water for one person, so when they participate in the Global 6K for Water, they take that 6K distance (to get clean water) away from people in need," explains a press release provided by Coleman. "100 per cent of the proceeds raised will go to the needs of the people."
It says that anyone wishing to participate can register through the World Vision Website
Township solicitor Thomas Farley questioned the insurance coverage but Coleman said the chapel's policy would cover the event.
The 6K would be confined to Long Meadow Road and the supervisors offered to handle traffic control by the township's fire police. But township resident George Beodeker pointed to a handout that day of the Dingmans Ferry Delaware Township Historical Society calendar of events that includes a flea market and yard sale at Akenac Park that day that also would need traffic control that would strain the fire police's services.
"It's a very little traveled road," said Supervisor Jane Neufeld as supervisors agreed to simply close Long Meadow Road for those hours that day. It was included in the motion at the regular meeting to approve the 6K event at the regular meet, which passed unanimously. 
Supervisors also agreed to Coleman's request to waive any township fees for that day "as a non-profit raising resources for a non-profit."
Also at the meeting, the board approved a motion to advertise for accepting letters of interest for a newly created deputy coordinator for emergency management. Beodeker, the township Emergency Management Coordinator, talked about the need for the position during the workshop. Supervisors approved the new position during the regular meeting and said resumes would only be requested when applicants are narrowed to a short list for interviews.
During the regular meeting, Beodeker also gave the Delaware Township Volunteer Fire Company End of the Year Report. He said that 18 percent of calls to the company are for fires, 24 percent for motor vehicle mishaps and 11 percent for EMS emergency calls. The rest were for miscellaneous reasons.
Neufeld asked if the fire company is considering billing the insurance companies for responding to auto accidents as was approved by Lehman Township's supervisors recently. "We'd probably not need township approval to do that," said Beodeker, who added that the revenue from those few occurrences would not be worth the "aggravation that would come from it."
The board also approved a public hearing for March 11 at 7:15 p.m. on amendments presented by the township's Planning Board to ordinances 110 and 901 regarding size and brightness of displayed signs. Supervisors said the amendments are a response to the Weis Markets store under construction as the anchor to the new Delaware Plaza on Route 739.
Also approved was a $1,808.42 change order to contractor H&P Construction Inc. for the municipal building roof replacement project. The approval allows for wider support beams needed for the size of the project. Supervisors also approved payment No. 2 of $48,698.85 to H&P for the roof replacement project.
The board approved $3,106 for F&L Doors Inc. to replace one bay door and service five others on township garages.
It also approved a motion that township Department of Public Works employees who are volunteers for fire companies and emergency services in neighboring municipalities can respond to calls during working hours for township Public Works assignments only if they get the approval of the township roadmaster.
Supervisors approved Roadmaster Vincent Flatt and Chris Kimble to attend Local Technical Attendance Program's three training sessions in Allentown:
- Asphalt Roads Common Maintenance Programs on April 9 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Traffic Calming on April 21 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Speed Limits and Speed Management on Sept. 15 from 8 a.m. to noon.
Neufed also talked about the latest news and information from the Pike County Opioid Task Force on what she regarded as a steadily rising problem. Neufeld commended the extensive data collected by the county which shows that Delaware Township is the second highest municipality for out-of-state deliveries of victims of opioid overdoses to nearby hospitals located in other, neighboring states.
Neufeld said Reality Walks are scheduled for April 23 and May 14 to re-enact scenes of drug overdoses to victims and their families fighting drug and alcohol abuse. She pointed to a Pike County Dispatch article about the Carbon-Monroe-Pike Drug and Alcohol Commission opening a Pike County office last month at 10 Buist Road, Suite 201. The office is open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and closes at 4:30 p.m. on Friday.
Board of Supervisors Chairman John Henderson announced at the end of the meeting that the Smart Recovery Group for families of those fighting addictions holds meetings on Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the township's Emergency Management Building on 116 Wilson Hill Road.
Henderson also pointed out that residents can apply online at for the new mail-in election ballot option available to them for the upcoming Primary Election in April and presidential General Election in November. "If you provide an email address when applying online, you can track your ballot," said Henderson. "Paper applications are available to print out and mail to your county elections office as well."


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