Westmoreland County has been added to the list of Pennsylvania counties now under a Stay At Home Order. You can read Governor Wolf’s order here. 20200327-GOV-Stay-at-Home-Order-Amended. The following rules apply to those areas under a Stay At Home Order.
As the state continues to seek relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19, today Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised their “Stay at Home” orders to include nine additional counties – Berks, Butler, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Luzerne, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York – bringing the state total to 19 counties under a stay-at-home order. This order takes effect at 8:00 PM Friday, March 27, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020.
The order now includes these 19 counties: Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.
Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:
- Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
- Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
- Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing
- To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
- To care for a family member or pet in another household
- Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
- Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
- Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
- Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
- Travel required by law enforcement or court order
- Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth
- Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.
The following operations are exempt:
- Life-sustaining business activities
- Health care or medical services providers
- Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks
- Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19, 2020 business closure Orders
- News media
- Law enforcement
- The federal government
- Religious institutions
Individuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.
International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.
At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a non-compliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.
Community Playground Closed:
The New Florence Community Playground will remain closed until further notice. Please do not take your children there to play. Please practice social distancing. Thank you.
Notice to Those Paying Taxes in Person in New Florence:
The spring Borough and General County taxes are currently due. For those who want to pay taxes in person please be aware that Mrs. Luther, the tax collector, will not be answering her door. With the threat of the coronavirus she is not interacting with the public. She will be placing a lock-box on her front porch for those wishing to drop off taxes. However, the preferred method of payment would be to mail in your taxes. Keep in mind whether paying by drop-off at her porch or if by mail if you’d like a receipt, then please, include a stamped self-addressed envelope for Mrs. Luther to use. Thank you
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Impact on New Florence: [Initial posting – Many items have been expanded.]
There are many more restrictions in effect now with more coming. Please stay informed by watching your local news television stations and reading the newspapers. Also, official information from government websites is very informative.
The coronavirus is going to effect the daily lives of all Americans. There will be many Federal and state-wide restrictions that will impact our community. Two things everyone should know immediately. First, Governor Tom Wolf has closed all of Pennsylvania’s schools. Therefore the Ligonier Valley School District will not be in session from Monday, March 16th to March 27th, 2020. (Currently extended to April 6th) Please keep up to date from the television news broadcasts or from the school district’s website. The other major impact to the community is the New Florence Community Library will be closed starting Saturday, March 14th through March 29th, 2020. All libraries in Westmoreland County will be closed. This is a fluid situation and there will be more changes and restrictions. Please try and stay informed as much as you can. Most importantly, practice good hygiene and wash your hand frequently. Be safe everyone.
The Mayor, Neva Gindlesperger, asked that the following chart from the CDC is shared for informational purposes.
News Web Page: The News section is a collection of all the information that’s been posted in the past. Please check it out. In the near future I hope to organize it by year. This way the pages will be smaller and load faster. In the last 16 months since the website really started expanding we’ve posted a good bit of information. Thank you.
Events Calendar: A note on the calendar on the right side of the screen. It only shows the next 3 upcoming events. At the bottom if you click on “View All Events” it will bring up a calendar showing the entire month. You can then scroll through the months or click on individual items to learn more about various events.