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PSATS Daily COVID-19 News

Tuesday, August 4, 2020


National Night Out…today for some, Oct for 6 for Others

The National Association of Town Watch sponsors National Night Out annually on the first Tuesday in August.  However, due to the pandemic, the national organization has encouraged groups to modify their plans. 

“National Night Out enhances the relationship between neighbors and law enforcement while bringing back a true sense of community. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to bring police and neighbors together under positive circumstances. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are strongly recommending that all National Night Out 2020 areas celebrate on October 6th, the first Tuesday in October.” 

In Pennsylvania, some municipalities are still holding events today on Aug. 4, while some have canceled and others have rescheduled until Oct. 6. PSATS encourages you to participate in this community-building event to connect your residents to law enforcement to further foster safe communities. 



Daily Counts from State Health Department

The state Health Department reported 565 new cases on Monday bringing the total case count to 114,155. For the first time some March, there were no attributable deaths recorded Monday. 18 counties reported zero new cases while Sullivan County has not had a new case for 30 days. Greene county did record its first death over the weekend. 



Warnings, Not Tickets Play Role in Education and Enforcement of COVID-19 Directives

Governor Wolf visited the Susquehanna Township Police headquarters yesterday to discuss the important roles education and understanding play in the enforcement of the various COVID-19 mitigation efforts across the state.  

“We have to do everything we can to keep our communities safe and healthy, including wearing a mask and following mitigation orders so our businesses operate safely,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have the ability to enforce these rules, and we are going to continue to work closely with commonwealth agencies and local officials to enforce public safety orders.” 

The governor was joined by representatives of commonwealth agencies and local law enforcement involved in mitigation order enforcement, including Secretary of Heath Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Agriculture Russell Redding, Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. Scott Price, and Susquehanna Township Chief of Police Rob Martin.  

Each representative focused on the role their agency plays in education and enforcement of the various orders in place to keep Pennsylvanians safe and stop the spread of COVID-19.  

Click here to read the full story.  



State Police Liquor Control Enforcement July 31 – August 2: 1,262 Checks, Three Violations

Pennsylvania State Police Liquor Control Enforcement Officers visited 1,262 licensed liquor establishments from Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2 to ensure businesses are abiding by COVID-19 mitigation requirements that include social distancing, masking, and other health and safety requirements of the liquor code.  

Liquor Control Enforcement Officers issued 52 warnings and 3 violations for failing to follow COVID-19 requirements. See the chart below… 

Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement | July 31 – August 2, 2020



































PSATS Joins Coalition Urging Pennsylvania’s Congressional Delegation to Enact Temporary Liability Protections

A broad-based coalition representing industries, employers and local governments throughout Pennsylvania yesterday sent a letter to Pennsylvania’s Congressional delegation urging support for much needed and long overdue liability protections for those complying with health and safety guidelines.  

The letter urges support for protections for the business, nonprofit, education, and health care communities, among others, that are provided in the “SAFE TO WORK” Act, which was introduced in the U.S. Senate and offers fair protection against unwarranted pandemic-related lawsuits but does not preclude appropriate action against bad actors or those acting irresponsibly. 

Click here to view the letter.  



Independent Fiscal Office Releases Monthly Revenue 

For the month of July, state general fund collections were $4.10 billion and $1.77 billion (76.2 percent) above collections for July 2019. Roughly $1.62 billion of the increase was associated with extended tax due dates related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Excluding this shift, July monthly collections exceeded the prior year total by $154.8 million, or 6.6 percent.  

Personal income tax collections for July were $2.31 billion, an increase of $1.29 billion (126.1 percent) above the prior year. The growth was entirely attributable to the virus-related extension of final (tax year 2019) and estimated (tax year 2020) payments from April and June to July.  

Monthly sales and use tax revenues increased $330.3 million (35.7 percent) from July 2019. The IFO estimates that $160 million of the increase in non-motor vehicle sales and use taxes was attributable to the prepayment requirement, which was temporarily suspended but resumed in July. These collections grew at a rate of 5.2 percent after adjusting for the prepayment change and a one-time large transfer that occurred last July.  

The Independent Fiscal Office report can be viewed here.  



Luzerne County Announces COVID-19 Relief Program; Luzerne County Townships Encouraged to Apply Today!

Luzerne County has been granted approximately $28 million from state and federal funds to invest in COVID-19-related projects in Luzerne County. An allocation of $5 million has been set aside for Luzerne County municipalities for COVID-related expenses. Funds must be used specifically “to prepare for, to plan for, and to respond to the coronavirus.” Grant monies have been allocated to Luzerne County municipalities on a per capita basis.  

Applications will be accepted until September 4, 2020;however, it is recommended that you submit your application before that date. Click here for more information and to apply.  

PSATS reminds everyone to check with your county commissioners on how to access funding for your community



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 COVID-19 Fact Sheets

PSATS has developed new fact sheets to help townships answer questionslearn best practices, and navigate Pennsylvania’s phased reopening. The fact sheets are a new PSATS member service that also link townships directly to the supporting state and federal guidance.


Public Works and the COVID -19 Challenge by LTAP



 Yellow and Green Phase Guidance

Life in the Yellow Phase

Life in the Green Phase 

*The green phase is the new normal for the foreseeable future until vaccines or effective therapies or treatments are available. *


What restrictions are lifted in the yellow phase? 

The stay-at-home order will be lifted, childcareday camps, and community pools may reopen, but must follow state and federal guidance (note: click on each for the appropriate guidance). Click here for the state guidance for summer recreation

The number of people allowed at large gatherings increases to 25 and in-person retail will be allowed (with curbside and delivery preferred). All businesses except those specifically excluded from the orders may resume in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the commonwealth’s guidance. Professional sports may resume with a state-approved plan but without spectators.

What restrictions are lifted in the green phase? 

All businesses may resume in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the commonwealth’s guidance (note that the business guidance document is the same for both yellow and green zones). Businesses that were authorized to operate in the yellow phase at 50 percent occupancy may operate at up to 75 percent of the maximum occupancy in the green phase. Businesses may reopen in green that were restricted to telework in yellow but are strongly encouraged to continue to telework and stagger the return of employees to in-person operations. 

Personal care facilities, such as hair salons and barbershops, may reopen in the green phase but must operate by appointment only and are limited to 50 percent of their maximum capacity. Indoor recreation and health and wellness facilities, such as gyms or spas, may reopen in the green phase and are strongly encouraged to operate by appointment or reservations only and must also operate at 50 percent occupancy. 

All restaurants may reopen but must follow the commonwealth guidance noted above, as well as dining guidance that provides specific details on operations. Strict physical distancing, barrier requirements and maximum occupancy rules will be in effect. Click here for the specific restaurant guidance. 

Recreational and Amatuer team sports may resume and waterparks and playgrounds may reopen, however, CDC guidance should be followed. Visits to prisons and hospitals may resume at the option of the individual facilities. 

What restrictions remain in the yellow phase? 

Restaurants and bars are limited to outdoor dining, carry-out, and delivery only, while indoor malls, indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities (such as gyms and spas), and entertainment facilities (movie theaters and casinos) remain closed. A detailed listing of these categories appear in the FAQ document.  

Waterparks, playgrounds, and recreational and amateur team sports are included in the list of facilities that are to remain closed. Visitors will continue to be prohibited from nursing homes and prisons. In addition, businesses are encouraged to continue telework where feasible, and all are urged to continue to practice social distancing and universal masking and to remain home whenever possible. 

What restrictions remain in the green phase? 

Everyone in the green phase is strongly encouraged to continue to practice social distancing by staying six feet apart, wearing cloth facemasks, and frequently washing hands. All businesses must follow the commonwealth’s guidance, including universal masking. Nursing home visitation restrictions will remain in place for 28 days after a county goes green. 







June 4, 2020 Town Hall