(last updated 07/02/2020, 4:18pm EST; updating often!)
COVID-19 RESOURCES (PITTSBURGH, PA)
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REOPENING IS ABOUT THE ECONOMY & POLITICS (AND THE VIRUS DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THAT)!
HOW TO STAY SAFE:
* Know the Risks & How to Avoid Them
* This is the Future of the Pandemic (studies & scenarios)
Pittsburgh Update: Summer Activity Changes:
* There are changes to summertime activities. Find the full list of changes here, including details on Farmer's Markets and street closures around parks to create more space.
* Activities that can comply safely with social distancing guidelines will be allowed. They include:
* Drive-in movies (by the Special Events office)
* Farmers Markets
* Pickup of bulk trash
* Road closures in City parks (more information below)
* Tennis courts (singles matches encouraged)
* Pickle ball courts (singles matches encouraged)
* Skate parks
* Fields (but not for organized group sports)
* Frisbee Golf
* Lawn Bowling
* Expanded summer food program (likely to begin June 15)
* Large group events that cannot comply safely with social distancing will not be allowed. They include:
* July 4 fireworks
* City-sponsored concerts
* 5Ks, the Great Race and other races (though they can be held virtually)
* Summer Camps
* Citiparks summer youth baseball
* Summer Line Dancing
* Pistons in the Park
* Playgrounds, park shelters and spray parks remain closed until further notice (CDC).
* Swimming pools (including the Oliver Bath House) will be closed. While the CDC says that swimming itself is safe, it says 6 feet of distance between users is required and no more than 10 people should be allowed at any time. City pool waiting areas, locker rooms and lounging areas are too cramped to allow for appropriate distancing under the guidelines.
* Bulk pick up and street sweeping have resumed.
* Parking enforcement related to street sweeping will not be enforced.
NEW: PA DEPT OF HEALTH COMPLAINT FORM
* If you witness a business functioning in a way that defies the currently safety guidance, you can submit a complaint here
For the latest announcements from PA/Gov Wolf:
* On Facebook
* UPDATE 7/2: MANDATORY 1 WEEK CLOSING FOR BARS & RESTAURANTS (TAKE OUT & DELIVERY STILL ALLOWED)
* UPDATE 7/1: MASKS NOW REQUIRED WHEN ANYONE LEAVES HOME
* 5/31: Gov Wolf responds to demonstrations and protests across PA
For the latest announcements from Allegheny Co/Rich Fitzgerald:
* Allegheny County COVID-19 page
* Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD)
* On Facebook
For City of Pittsburgh/Bill Peduto:
* Pgh website
* On Facebook
*explanation of the phased reopening
6/28: ALERT! DUE TO THE ALARMING RISE IN COVID CASES, ALLEGHENY COUNTY IS ISSUING NEW RESTRICTIONS:
* Bars are closed
* Restaurants remain open, but cannot sell alcohol
* EXPECTED (but not yet issued 6/29): Restaurants will be restricted to take out & delivery; no in-person dining allowed
Allegheny County currently in YELLOW PHASE
* will move to green on Friday 6/5
GREEN PHASE (starting for Allegheny County on 6/5/20)
Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions
* Continued Telework Strongly Encouraged
* Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Updated Business and Building Safety Requirements
* All Businesses Operating at 50% Occupancy in the Yellow Phase May Increase to 75% Occupancy
* Child Care May Open Complying with Guidance
* Congregate Care Restrictions in Place
* Prison and Hospital Restrictions Determined by Individual Facilities
* Schools Subject to CDC and Commonwealth Guidance
* Large Gatherings of More Than 250 Prohibited
* Restaurants and Bars Open at 50% Occupancy
* Personal Care Services (including hair salons and barbershops) Open at 50% Occupancy and by Appointment Only
* Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities, and Personal Care Services (such as gyms and spas) Open at 50% Occupancy with Appointments Strongly Encouraged
* All Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) Open at 50% Occupancy
Construction Activity May Return to Full Capacity with Continued Implementation of Protocols
* All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning
* Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary
UPDATE 4/20: Gov. Wolf Announces Online Vehicle Sale Process, Construction Restart Date, PLCB Curbside Pick Up
UPDATE 4/19, 8PM:
PA residents must wear masks when in public. Enforcement begins 4/19 at 8pm
UPDATE 4/15: PA GOV ENACTS WORKER SAFETY PROTOCOLS
* NEW RULES FOR EMPLOYERS OPERATING DURING COVID-19 PANDEMIC
ALL PA RESIDENTS SHOULD WEAR MASKS IN PUBLIC
* Guidance on making homemade masks
* * No Sew Homemade Face Mask - upcycled t-shirt, five minutes, no sew
* How to make a homemade face mask - no sewing (uses a bandana & 2 gumbands)
* How to sew a face mask at home (tutorial)
* Download a printable instruction guide
* HOW TO KEEP YOUR GLASSES FROM FOGGING WHILE WEARING A MASK
UPDATE: PA SCHOOLS WILL REMAIN CLOSED THROUGH THE END OF THE SCHOOL YEAR
Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire from March 16, 2020 through April 30, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until May 31, 2020.
The Pennsylvania Turnpike has temporarily suspended cash payments. Find out more about accepted forms of payment.
The Department of Homeland Security has postponed the enforcement date for REAL ID from October 1, 2020, to October 1, 2021, in response to COVID-19 and the national emergency declaration. Find out more about REAL ID in Pennsylvania.
FIREWORKS TASK FORCE FORMED
* from June 1 to June 21, Pittsburgh Police received 137 fireworks complaint calls—a 389 percent increase over the 28 calls received over the same period last year.
* City law prohibits the use of fireworks, even those that are legal, within 150 feet of any structure. Fireworks are also prohibited in all parks, any public space and on private property without consent of the landowner.
* Anyone caught violating fireworks law is subject to a $100 fine and the possible seizure of their fireworks.
INFO & UPDATES:
* City of Pittsburgh COVID-19 resources (translations available in Arabic, French, Chinese, Spanish, Nepali, Swahili
* The city recommends the Our Streets app to stay up on local news & where to find supplies
* In order to best serve residents with questions and concerns about COVID-19, Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) has partnered with United Way 211 to offer a 24/7 hotline. Please call 888-856-2774 to speak with a representative.
* We are working hard to ensure that you have the best and most current information. Stay up to date by signing up for Allegheny Alerts (www.alleghenycounty.us/alerts) and subscribing to COVID-19, follow the Health Department on Facebook (@AlleghenyCountyHealth) and Twitter (@HealthAllegheny), and visit www.alleghenycounty.us/coronavirus.
* FOR ANY GENERAL ASSISTANCE: United Way helpline (help connecting to all kinds of resources), call 2-1-1 or text your zip code to 898-211 or visit PA211sw.org; sign up for text alerts at pa211sw.org/text-alerts
* Hotline information also available in: Arabic, Chinese, Nepalese, Russian, Spanish and Swahili
* Informational videos in these languages:
* ASL- https://www.alleghenycounty.us/Health-Department/Resources/COVID-19/Information-for-Specific-Groups/Daily-Alerts-in-ASL.aspx
* Arabic- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsMa2PfdbDc&feature=youtu.be
* Nepali- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mmyEXrwwrLc&feature=youtu.be
* Somali- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kiyy6siCU94&feature=youtu.be
* Spanish- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai-cd-SQ8gs&feature=youtu.be
* Swahili- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KVegOna8EME&feature=youtu.be
* Ukrainian- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLG3RT40IVc&feature=youtu.be
* Congressman Mike Doyle - COVID-19 Resources
* National League of Cities - COVID-19 Local Action Tracker
* United Way is hiring PT resource navigators for their 2-1-1 helpline
* Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh - updates on the COVID-19 situation, and how to use the CLP’s online resources, get a library card, etc