Warrington Township
The Gateway to Bucks County Since 1734

Coronavirus Information & Resources (LAST UPDATED OCT. 21, 2020)

Bucks County Commissioners COVOID-19 PORTAL

Bucks County Preparedness Guide

Township Business

  • Warrington Township Administration Building is opened to the public. Masks must be worn when visiting the township building.
  • The Board of Supervisors, advisory boards and committees will hold regular scheduled meetings via a Zoom format. Check the website for meeting access.
  • For information on non-emergencies, visit CRIME WATCH. The web address is:  www.warringtontownshippd.org
  • Inspections are being performed with conditions such as, only one person shall walk the inspection. All other contractors shall be outside or out of the area.
  • Permits can be submitted by mail, drop off or email to permits@warringtontownship.org . Permit payments will be taking over the phone via Mastercard, Visa or Discover or mail in a check. Upon payment, permits will be issued electronically or via mail.
  • Warrington Township Parks are open to the public.  Please follow social distancing and other CDC recommendations.

Building and Code Enforcement

The Building and Code department will be accepting applications and plans electronically using email: permits@warringtontownship.org . Feel Free to call the Building and Code Department with any questions regarding the permit process at 215-997-7501.

COVID-19 Information for Travelers (Updated October 9, 2020)

The Pa. Department of Health updated its list of states where there are high amounts of COVID-19 cases.  It is recommended that travelers to these locations quarantine for 14 days upon returning to Pennsylvania.

https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Travelers.aspx

Trick or Treating and Other Halloween Activities (Updated: October 9, 2020)

This updated CDC guidance provides recommendations for how to protect yourself and dependents from COVID-19 during upcoming Halloween festivities.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays/halloween.html

 

Print Resources(Updated: October 12, 2020)

The CDC has added education resources to its website for printing, posting or electronic distribution in various settings impacted by COVID-19.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/communication/print-resources.html?Sort=Date%3A%3Adesc

 

Guidance for Cleaning and Disinfecting Public Spaces, Workplaces, Businesses, Schools, and Homes

 

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/reopen-guidance.html
Department of Health:
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Cover any coughs or sneezes with your elbow, not your hands.
  • Clean surfaces frequently.
  • Stay home to avoid spreading COVID-19, especially if you are unwell.
  • Please wear a mask and social distance

Updated Coronavirus Links: Press Releases, State Lab Photos, Graphics

All Pennsylvania residents are encouraged to sign up for AlertPA, a text notification system for health, weather, and other important alerts like COVID-19 updates from commonwealth agencies. Residents can sign up online at www.ready.pa.gov/BeInformed/Signup-For-Alerts.

MEDIA CONTACT:  Nate Wardle, Health, 717-787-1783 or ra-dhpressoffice@pa.gov 

 Outdoor Recreational Activities to Help Pennsylvanians Maintain Positive Physical, Mental Health Harrisburg, PA – To ensure that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to safely enjoy outdoor recreation as a way to maintain positive physical and mental health, and in keeping with the commonwealth’s stay-at-home orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, Governor Tom Wolf today announced that the Wolf Administration is lifting some restrictions on businesses related to certain outdoor activities.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued guidance on visiting parks and recreational facilities. These guidelines must be followed statewide by businesses and when engaging in outdoor activity while the state disaster declaration remains in effect. The guidelines will ensure the safety of individuals and families engaging in outdoor activities and adherence will help slow the spread of COVID-19.

  • Stay close to home: Pennsylvanians are encouraged to enjoy permitted outdoor recreational activities within their community and avoid crowding popular destinations.
  • Practice social distancing: Maintain the recommended minimum 6 feet apart from fellow recreationists. Pennsylvanians are also encouraged to wear a mask or protective garment that covers the nose and mouth any time they go outside. If a parking lot at a park is full or there are too many people on the same trail, find an alternate place to recreate. Cross the street to avoid running directly past another runner or wait longer at a golf hole for a fellow golfer to move forward.
  • Minimize risk to others: Individuals should only go out if they feel healthy and have not been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Practice good hygiene: Wash hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use a hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs and handrails.
  • Have a plan: Create a safety plan before heading outdoors. Explain to children the need to keep their distance from others, even if they happen to see a friend while outside. Discuss with partners, social distancing while on the golf course. Think through how to avoid other runners when waiting to safely cross a street at the same time.

“Practicing social distancing takes a little planning and patience but it is necessary if we want to continue to flatten the curve while ensuring that Pennsylvanians have opportunities to de-stress and get exercise,” Wolf said. “Finding the balance between enjoying the outdoors and staying safe is only possible when all Pennsylvanians are abiding by the same precautions. It’s critical that all Pennsylvanians adhere to the safety guidelines to allow for these outdoor activities to remain available to the public.”

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus

CORRECTION: Wolf Administration Announces Housing and Transportation Funding for Pennsylvania Communities

Harrisburg, PA – Today, Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) Secretary Dennis Davin announced new funding assistance for community development and affordable housing activities to address the COVID-19 pandemic under the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“COVID-19 has had a major impact on communities across Pennsylvania, and this funding will serve as a critical resource for Pennsylvania’s most vulnerable residents,” said Sec. Davin. “By working together with the federal government, we can safeguard the health and wellbeing of individuals across the commonwealth.”

On March 27, 2020, President Donald Trump signed into law the CARES Act to provide immediate and direct relief to individuals struggling as a result of the COVID-19 global health pandemic. The CARES Act includes supplemental allocations of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs where a total of $5 billion will be made available under the Community Development Fund for prevention, preparation, and response to the coronavirus and $4 billion in Homeless Assistance Grants to aid individuals and families who are homeless and to prevent homelessness resulting from impacts created by the coronavirus.

These funds will be made available from HUD and released in three tranches. DCED received an appropriation of $24,691,407 in the first tranche for distribution using its small cities entitlement allocation formula.

A full list of distributed funds can be found here.

Additionally, to combat the effects of homelessness, DCED will receive $19,920,655 million in ESG Cares funding. DCED has released the application and guidelines to accept proposals to subgrant its appropriation under this program. ESG Cares proposals will be accepted from eligible applicants though June 1, 2020.

DCED continues to update its website with financial and other resources.

Communities seeking further guidance and clarification from DCED can also contact its customer service resource account at ra-dcedcs@pa.gov. For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should follow www.governor.pa.gov and www.doh.pa.gov.


 

Bucks County Water & Sewer Authority (BCWSA)
Customers not to flush toilet paper substitutes. Statement
North Wales Water Authority   
Bob Bender, Executive Director
North Wales Water AuthorityNWWA local office at 267-482-6940
www.nwwater.com
Special Message for residents with Contaminated Wells.

If your family has a contaminated private well, and you are having a problem finding clean drinking water, or if you know of any local families who are, call the NWWA local office at 267-482-6940 and ask to be put on our list for the water tanker.

If there is sufficient interest and need, we will bring our sanitized tanker to our Warrington office each week so residents can fill their bottles and jugs with safe and clean water – at no charge – for the duration of the corona virus problem.

Resources

Construction Guidance Construction Industry Guidance

Commonwealth Modifies Date for Construction to May 1, Provides Guidance
Gov. Tom Wolf has confirmed that he is moving up the date for opening construction statewide to May 1 from the previously announced May 8. PSATS has received guidance from the Governor’s Office that this date to resume construction activities is for projects that were previously permitted. Read full story.

Feeding PA: Letter from The Food Bank Network
Pennsylvanians who need help feeding themselves or their family should find and contact their local food bank or pantry through. 
  Feeding Pennsylvania
Hunger-Free Pennsylvania
Bucks County Seniors

Monday – Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
After hours and weekends, seniors and their caregivers can leave a message and the Area Agency on Aging will return the call.

– Bucks County Health Director, Dr. David Damsker, interview by PBS. https://bit.ly/2ILjFkb

Bucks County Seniors can call 267-880-5700 for assistance, as well as information on services such as meal delivery and independent care. 
Masks
Gov. Wolf Calls for Universal Masking 

During a COVID-19 press briefing, Governor Tom Wolf recommended that all Pennsylvanians wear a mask any time they leave their homes for life-sustaining reasons. As COVID-19 cases steadily rise in the state, Gov. Wolf stressed the need to intensify all measures to help stop the spread of the virus.

“Masks help prevent people from sharing illnesses. But, they don’t do a great job at keeping people from getting sick; and, they’re not foolproof, so it is critical that our first act is to ask ourselves if we really need to leave our house. If we don’t really, truly need to leave, then we shouldn’t.”

“Staying home is the most effective way to protect yourself and others against COVID-19,” Sec. of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “But, if you must go out because you are out of food or medication, then wearing a mask, or even a bandanna across your nose and mouth, could be an extra layer of protection.

https://pacast.com/m?p=17931

Mask General Information: Homemade Facemask Factsheet
Homemade Mask Guidance
CDC Guidance Cloth Masks
Understanding the Differance of Masks
How to Make a Mask

Small Businesses & Resources
Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses

03.19.2020 DOH ORDER COVID - Closure of all Businesses that are not Life Sustaining 03.19.2020 GOV COVID - Life Sustaining Business 03.19.2020 GOV ORDER COVID Business Closure PA 16360 EIDL Fact Sheet

March 19 20-295 Pennsylvania Working Capital Loans Available Due to Coronavirus

L&I Soon Launching Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) Website, Eligible Pennsylvanians Should Prepare Now

Harrisburg, PA – Pennsylvania’s new Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) website for self-employed, independent contractors, gig workers, and others not eligible for regular unemployment compensation (UC) will begin accepting applications within the next few days. PUA is included in the new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

The Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) will announce when the PUA website is ready to accept applications. In the meantime, Pennsylvanians who meet eligibility requirements are strongly encouraged to begin gathering the information they will need to file an accurate claim and receive benefits quickly.

Who Should File for PUA

Eligible individuals who have been negatively impacted by COVID-19, including:

  • Self-employed;
  • Independent contractors;
  • Gig workers;
  • People without sufficient work history to qualify for regular UC; and
  • People who have exhausted regular UC or extended benefits.

PUA Benefits

In general, PUA:

  • Provides up to 39 weeks of unemployment benefits;
  • May not be more than the state’s maximum weekly benefit rate for regular UC of $572;
  • May not be less than half of the state’s average weekly benefit amount of $195.
  • Payments will be backdated to January 27, 2020 or the first week you were unable to work due to COVID-19 (whichever of the two dates is later); and
  • Benefits will end December 31, 2020.

Information Needed for Proof of Employment or Self-employment

Acceptable documentation can include, but is not limited to:

  • Copies of recent paycheck stubs;
  • Bank receipts showing deposits;
  • 1099s;
  • Billing notices provided to your customers;
  • Recent advertisements for your business or services;
  • Statements from recent customers;
  • Current business licenses, ledgers, contracts, invoices; and/or
  • Building leases.

Information Needed to Show Previous Income

Acceptable documentation of wages can include, but is not limited to:

  • Tax returns;
  • Paycheck stubs;
  • Bank receipts;
  • Ledgers;
  • Contracts;
  • Invoices; and/or
  • Billing statements.

Additional $600 Per Week

Individuals collecting PUA benefits will also eligible for the extra $600 per week from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program. The additional payments will be:

  • Effective from the week ending April 4, 2020 through the week ending July 25, 2020;
  • Backdated and paid in one lump sum; and
  • Automatic – you don’t need to do anything to receive the extra $600.

Learn More

Additional COVID-19 information from L&I:

Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.

Tax Collector Office

TAX COLLECTOR OFFICE UPDATE (6/26/2020)

Please be advised that the Tax Collector’s office located at 3400 Pickertown Road, Chalfont will be open to in-person walk in’s for payments effective July 1, 2020, according to government regulations.  A mask will be required to be worn to enter the office as long as ordered by the Governor.

The office will be open on the following days:

Wednesdays – noon to 6:00 pm
Thursdays – 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

During the end of  October the office will be open an additional day:

Friday, October 30 noon to 6:00 pm

You can continue to mail in your payment or pay through the website at:
http://www.warringtontaxcollector.com

Any questions, please mail Millie Seliga at mas1255@verizon.net and a response will be made within 24 hours.

You may also call GOV-PAY at 1-800-300-8007to pay be e-check at a cost of $1.50.

Other Resources:

 

HELP IS AVAILABLE…..

Some “Basic Needs” resources for residents

If you’re unsure where to start, call 2-1-1– a free and confidential tool to connect people to local resources.

 

Recreation and Park COVID-19 Information & Resources

COVID Fact Sheet Mental Health

Unemployment Rights and Resources – COVID-19


State and County Update

– How to get tested for COVID-19: https://bit.ly/3aTtNTK

The best source of information an individual can obtain would be from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website, listed below.  The CDC will update their website as needed.  The CDC website has information on the Coronavirus, current situation, community preparedness, guidance for travelers among other information.  Links to some of the information on the Coronavirus are listed below.

COVID-19 Webpage:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html
Current Situation Assessment:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/summary.html
Community Preparedness:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/index.html?CDC_AA_refVal=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cdc.gov%2Fcoronavirus%2F2019-ncov%2Fpreparing-individuals-communities.html
Guidance for Travelers:
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
In addition to the CDC Traveler webpage, it is recommended that individuals contemplating travel should also consult the U.S. State Department’s travel advisory webpage:
https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories.html/

 

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