Governor Calls Montgomery County ‘Epicenter of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania,’ Recommends Shut Down of Schools, Recreational Centers, and Mass Gatherings

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Governor Tom Wolf has called Montgomery County the “epicenter of COVID-19 in PA” and recommended a shutdown of all schools, recreational centers, and mass gatherings.

Governor Tom Wolf has called Montgomery County the “epicenter of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania” and recommended a shutdown of all schools, recreational centers, and mass gatherings in the county, writes Paul J. Gough for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

These measures take effect Friday and will last for a minimum of two weeks.

Additional measures for the county include a no visitor policy for correctional facilities and nursing homes and the temporary closure of adult daycare centers.

And while freedom of travel will remain, Wolf and the state are asking people to refrain from any non-essential travel. Amtrak will also begin operating a reduced schedule and will close Ardmore station for at least two weeks.

The Wolf Administration is now working with SEPTA to determine potential impacts and will continue to provide updates on any changes in the service.

Wolf also strongly recommended the closure of nonessential retail facilities, but said that all “critical infrastructure” facilities would remain open. These include pharmacies, urgent care, primary care facilities, outpatient care, long-term care facilities, hospitals, gas stations, grocery stores, government, utilities, and public safety.

Read more about the issue at the Philadelphia Business Journal by clicking here.

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Public Health Notice: To get the latest information and updates regarding COVID-19, please visit the Montco COVID-19 Data Hub at www.montcopa.org and click on “Corona Virus Update.”

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