Borough of Carlisle COVID-19 Information
On Behalf of Mayor Scott, Borough Council, and staff, we wish to thank our residents for their understanding and assistance during these challenging times. Our community's health, safety, and well-being remain at the forefront as we work diligently to stay abreast of the most recent information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to adjust policies and procedures as needed to continue to provide services to our residents while being responsive to the ever-evolving recommendations of the leadership at the national and state levels.
UPDATE #2 03/27/20
The Stuart Community Center’s closure will remain in effect until further notice. At this time, staff is on-site during normal business hours (Monday-Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.). All business shall be handled via e-mail, telephone, and/or U.S. Mail. Questions regarding the programming may be directed to 717-243-3318 or e-mail: email@example.com.
The Borough Council Workshop Meeting originally scheduled for April 1 has been canceled. The Zoning Hearing Board meeting originally scheduled for April 2 has been rescheduled for May 7, 2020.
Waste Connections, the Borough's solid waste and recycling hauler, requests that Borough bags be secured at the top and have no loose trash spilling out of the top. Bags that are unsecured and overflowing will not be picked up. This will help keep their employees safe while they continue to perform this essential service.
Thank you for your help with this issue.
UPDATE #2 03/26/20
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation and the measures that have been taken to minimize the risk of exposure to Borough residents, employees, and stakeholders, the Borough is delaying action on the enactment of the rental housing ordinance amendment. The delay will allow more time for interested parties to provide in-person feedback on the proposed ordinance.
The earliest date that Borough Council may consider enacting this ordinance amendment is May 14, 2020.UPDATE 03/26/20
Mayor Tim Scott, Deputy Mayor Sean Shultz, Borough Manager Susan Armstrong, and Fire Chief Jeffrey Snyder participated in a live discussion with the Clarke Forum for Contemporary Issues regarding the Borough's response to the coronavirus pandemic. You can watch the entire discussion below.
Parks and Recreation, 415 Franklin Street: The Stuart Community Center is currently closed to the public. Staff will be on-site and business hours will continue to be 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice. All business will be handled via e-mail, telephone, and/or U.S. Mail. Call (717) 243-3318 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are being accepted for summer employment. Follow Carlisle Parks and Recreation on Facebook for updates.The Borough's Compost Facility will open for the season today, as scheduled. While visiting the Compost Facility, please follow the CDC's recommendations for social distancing and personal hygiene to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Keep at least six feet between yourself and others at the site and practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette. If you are feeling ill, please stay home.
The HARB meeting scheduled for March 30, 2020, has been canceled.
As we focus on delivery of essential services and protection of our residents and employees, we continue to evaluate the situation and latest developments through fact-based sources including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, State Department of Health and Cumberland County. Part of the Borough’s ongoing monitoring effort includes evaluating policies, programs, and procedures and amending (as deemed necessary) to ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees. Following are the latest amendments made to programs, policies and procedures:
- Town Hall, 53 West South Street: Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 Town Hall will be closed to the public. Staff will be on-site and business hours will continue to be 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, until further notice. All business will be handled via e-mail, telephone, and/or U.S. Mail. Business that may require an in-person appointment must call 717-249-4422. Residents are encouraged to utilize the Borough’s website electronic pay option, or U.S. Mail for utility bills and parking ticket payments. A drop-off box is also located outside of Borough Hall.
- Utility Bills in Arrears: As a reminder, a temporary moratorium has been placed on water/sewer utility terminations in order to provide all residents the means to address hygiene and to limit the spread of the virus. The Borough will also refrain from assessing penalties on those utility bills with due dates after March 28, 2020 until further notice.
- Residential Parking Enforcement: Effective Monday, March 23, 2020 a two-week moratorium has been placed on residential parking enforcement in order to provide residents additional on-street parking options. The moratorium will last through April 3 at which time, the conditions of Borough streets will be assessed for trash and debris accumulation. Residents will then be informed via the Borough’s website (www.carlislepa.org), social media, and The Sentinel on whether this moratorium will be lifted, or remain in effect after April 3.
Due to the growing impact of COVID-19, Carlisle Borough is taking precautionary measures with respect to playground equipment within its public paks. The Center for Disease Control indicates that the virus can live on specific surfaces for several hours (for example: plastics and stainless steel 72 hours). Thus, in order to help reduce possible transmission of the virus, the Borough will be posting signs requiring non-use of the playground equipment until further notice. The Borough will continue to monitor the situation and will re-open the equipment for public use once the COVID-19 epidemic curve begins to flatten.
Carlisle Borough’s parks, bike and pedestrian trails network continue to remain open and residents may enjoy these areas while practicing the CDC’s recommendations for social distancing and personal hygiene before and after visiting.
The National Recreation and Park Association has offered a number of specific recommendations for ways to keep safe social distancing when in parks or on trails.
- Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to heading to a park or trail-wash hands, carry hand sanitizer, do not use parks if you have symptoms, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, etc.
- Observe at all times CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of six feet from other people. Practice it and know what it looks like. Keep it as you walk, bike or hike.
- If on a bike or walking trail, warn other trail users of your presence. As you pass, allow proper distance and step off trails to allow others to pass, keeping minimum recommended distances at all times. Signal your presence with your voice, bell or horn.
- Restrooms may be closed. Prepare before you leave home and time outings so that you are not dependent on public restrooms.
- Bring water or drinks.
- Bring a suitable trash bag. Leave no trash. Take your trash with you to protect park workers.
Beginning Wednesday, March 18, 2020, enforcement of both short-term and long-term gold meters located in downtown Carlisle is suspended until further notice. Residents and visitors parking at a metered space may do so free of charge. Convenient off-street parking is available at the Pomfret Street Parking Garage, which will be free until further notice. Located at 35 West Pomfret Street, the Garage features security cameras and is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week.
Street sweeping remains on schedule in order to promote public health and safety. Therefore, residential parking enforcement remains in effect. Residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to observe the "No Parking" signage on the designated days and times in order to provide street sweeping access.
The Borough of Carlisle is closely monitoring the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation in order to support and manage the risk to Borough residents. To minimize the risk of exposure, the Borough has initiated a continuity plan that will ensure the constant delivery of essential services to businesses and residents.
As we focus on delivery of essential services and protection of our residents and employees, we continue to evaluate the situation and latest developments through fact-based sources including the Center for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, State Department of Health and Cumberland County. Part of the Borough’s ongoing monitoring effort includes evaluating policies, programs, and procedures and amending (as deemed necessary) to ensure the health and safety of our residents and employees. The following modifications have been put into effect today:
- Town Hall, 53 West South Street, will remain open to the public with limited access. All business will be conducted on the main floor’s lobby/reception area. Residents are encouraged to utilize the Borough’s website electronic pay option, or U.S. Mail for utility bills and parking ticket payments. A drop-off box is also located outside of Borough Hall.
- Utility Bills in Arrears: A temporary moratorium has been placed on water/sewer utility terminations in order to provide all residents the means to address hygiene and to limit the spread of the virus.
- Recreation Programs: Consistent with the State’s guidance regarding recreational areas and activities, the Borough’s Stuart Community Center will cancel all classes and programs through March 30. Staff has begun working on the process for refunds of those programs that have been impacted by this closure.
The Borough of Carlisle wishes to remind residents to wash hands often and for a duration of at least 20 seconds, regularly clean frequently touched surfaces with disinfectant household cleaners, avoid contact with people who are sick, practice proper cough and sneeze etiquette, use hand sanitizer, and refrain from touching your eyes, nose and face area.
The Borough also strongly encourages that residents practice social distancing, which helps reduce the spread of contagious diseases, like COVID-19. Per the CDC’s recommendation, social distancing involves remaining out of congregate settings, avoiding mass gatherings and maintaining distances.
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Information for Business Owners
The Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce is communicating with local community leaders, and state and federal representatives to compile the most up-to-date resources for businesses affected by COVID-19. Their website, along with the Downtown Carlisle Association and the Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation sites, will have the most current information for local business owners.
- Carlisle Area Chamber of Commerce COVID-19 Resources
- Downtown Carlisle Association COVID-19 Resources
- Cumberland Area Economic Development Corporation COVID-19 Resources
The Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has information now posted on their website regarding the terms of the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). The terms are listed on the website. The program will provide critical working capital financing to small businesses located within the Commonwealth that are adversely affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO).
Before you can apply, please review the loan terms at the DCED website.
For local funding sources and to see if your business would benefit from this aid, contact CADEC at 717-240-7189 or on their website.
How to Get Tested for COVID-19
If you have mild symptoms: Please stay home. If you feel worse, contact your health care provider.
If you have severe symptoms: If you have a fever over 100 degrees, shortness of breath, and cough, CALL your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, CALL 1-877-PA-HEALTH (1-877-724-3258). If you still need help, CALL your local emergency department.
The state public health laboratory is prioritizing the following people for testing:
- People who are severely sick for unknown reasons
- People in congregate care settings
- People in contact with known cases of COVID-19
- Health care providers
What is coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses, some causing illness in people and others circulating among animals, including camels, cats, and bats.
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a new virus that causes respiratory illness in people and can spread from person-to-person. This virus was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.
- Shortness of breath
How can the coronavirus spread?
Human coronaviruses spread just like the flu or a cold:
- Through the air by coughing or sneezing;
- Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands;
- Touching an object or surface with the virus on it;
- Occasionally, fecal contamination.
How can I help protect myself?
- Cover coughs or sneezes with your elbow. Do not use your hands!
- Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
- Clean surfaces frequently, including countertops, light switches, cell phones, remotes, and other frequently touched items.
- Contain: if you are sick, stay home until you are feeling better.
In addition, it is recommended that Pennsylvanians take time to prepare now. View the PA Emergency Preparedness Guide.
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Informational Flyers & Fact Sheets
Here are some flyers provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention regarding COVID-19. For more up-to-date news and information, please visit the CDC's COVID-19 website.
What to do if you are sick with coronavirus disease