Dear Citizens of the Ligonier Valley,

As the situation from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly changing, we wanted to update our residents on some of the latest changes and notices. The Ligonier Town Hall and the Ligonier Township Municipal Complex will be closed to the public for at least the next ten (10) business days. If you are in need of assistance, please call the Ligonier Borough offices at 724-238-9852, [email protected] or for the Ligonier Township offices please contact Terry Carcella 724-388-2043 or [email protected], or Jim Nieusma, 941-979-2933 or [email protected]

Additionally, yesterday afternoon Governor Tom Wolf made the announcement that he is strongly urging the closure of non-essential businesses for the next 14 days in order to help mitigate the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). The following statement was released:

“Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.

Further, the Governor has ordered that all restaurants and bars close their dine-in facilities to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Businesses that offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service may continue to do so, but eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. These businesses offering carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.

Although these businesses may remain open, the Wolf Administration continues to encourage them to employ social distancing practices, and encourages Pennsylvanians to be thoughtful in their visits.

Other businesses, including but not limited to legal services, business and management consulting, professional services and insurance services are encouraged to have employees work remotely or telecommute. If that is not possible, they should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

The Wolf Administration is relying on businesses to act now before the governor or the Secretary of Health finds it necessary to compel closures under the law for the interest of public health, including section 7301 of the Emergency Management Services Code.”

(Source: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/wolf-administration-updates-businesses-on-guidance-for-covid-19-mitigation-efforts/)

Workers in Pennsylvania who are impacted by COVID-19 may be eligible for Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation benefits, Secretary of Labor & Industry (L&I) Jerry Oleksiak announced yesterday.

Unemployment compensation claims should be submitted online for faster processing. Please visit the following website: https://www.uc.pa.gov/unemployment-benefits/file/Pages/File%20an%20Initial%20Claim.aspx

The PA DCNR has closed all facilities for the next two weeks at all Pennsylvania State Parks. Trails will still be open to the public but everyone is again encouraged to maintain distance while out. All offices and bathrooms will be closed and all educational programming has been cancelled at this time.

We would again encourage residents to visit the following links for the most up to date information:

CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/

PA Department of Health: https://www.health.pa.gov

Excela Health: https://www.excelahealth.org/

Governor’s Office: www.governor.pa.gov

Yours in Service,

Ligonier Borough, Ligonier Township and The Ligonier Valley Chamber of Commerce

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