City of York Announces Additional Precautions for Coronavirus Mitigation

Today Mayor Michael Helfrich announces additional proactive efforts to promote social distancing and to promote public health practices in the City of York for Coronavirus mitigation.

Restaurants and Bars – Dine-In Areas Closed

Beginning at 2:00pm on March 19, 2020 the City of York Department of Fire/Rescue Services and the Bureau of Permits, Planning and Zoning will begin enforcement efforts surrounding Governor Tom Wolf’s mandate to restaurants and bars ordering them to be operating under “take-out” only restrictions. All interior seating is prohibited. This includes restaurants, bars, private social clubs, cafes, coffee shops and diners.

Fire Occupancy Load Reduction – Maximum of 50 individuals per gathering space

Beginning at 2:00pm on March 19, 2020 the City of York Department of Fire/Rescue services will begin enforcement efforts to ensure recreational facilities, assembly spaces, and public gathering spaces are operating at appropriate capacity. Fire Occupancy Loads for these spaces above 20 persons will be cut by 50%, with a maximum of 50 individuals per gathering space.  For example, a fire occupancy load with 20 persons will now only accommodate 10 persons. A space with 50 will now only accommodate 25. A space with 500 will now only accommodate 50 persons.

Additional Recommendations

Recreational facilities, private parties, and other gatherings of more than 10 persons are STRONGLY discouraged per CDC and state recommendations. This includes break rooms, laundromats, cafeterias, conference rooms, meeting facilities, and other spaces of assembly.

Supermarkets, corner stores, pharmacies and healthcare facilities should remain open to serve the public while using best practices in social distancing, attempting to remain 6 feet apart at all times when possible. Other essential services and sectors include but are not limited to industrial manufacturing, 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. All essential services should take appropriate precautions to ensure no more than 10 persons are gathering in any one enclosed area within their facilites at any one time.

For the safety of their worshippers, we ask religious leaders to lead by example and promote social distancing for those that to choose to gather to worship.

In line with Governor Wolf’s recommendations, we are recommending that all non-essential businesses cease operations. 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; hair salons and barber shops; nail salons and spas; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.

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