Malvern Borough COVID-19 Update

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Malvern Borough continues to monitor best practices advised by Governor Wolf, the PA Department of Health, and the Chester County Health Department with regards to the Coronavirus pandemic. On June 26, 2020, Chester County was moved into the green phase of Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 economic reopening plan. This phase provides for certain relaxed restrictions. Residents and business owners are strongly encouraged to continue following the guidelines issued by Pennsylvania, including regularly washing your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, wearing a mask when in public, limiting non-essential travel, and staying home if you are sick. The Borough has prepared the following guides for residents and businesses owners for the green phase:

Green Phase – Residents

Green Phase – Business

Please see the updated information below.

Pennsylvania Mask Order

As issued by Dr. Rachel Levine, PA Secretary of Health, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has expanded its mask-wearing directive.  Masks must be worn whenever an individual leaves their home.  This includes all public spaces. Exceptions to this order include the following:

  • Anyone who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition
  • Anyone in a job in which wearing mask would create unsafe conditions, including operating equipment or a task determined by workplace safety guidelines
  • Anyone who cannot remove the mask on their own
  • Children under the age of 2
  • Individuals who are communicating or trying to communicate with someone who is hearing impaired

Additional information on this order is available on the Malvern Borough website.

Park & Recreation Facilities

All Borough park and recreation facilities are open for public use. After using areas with a high number of touchpoints, such as playground equipment, please wash your hands as soon as possible or use hand sanitizer. Please also be mindful of others in the Borough’s park and recreation areas and continue to practice social distancing guidelines to the best of your abilities.

The tennis courts at the Paoli Memorial Grounds are open to members. The Malvern Park & Civic Association has established guidelines for the use of the tennis courts. Please contact Bill Huffman of the Malvern Park & Civic Association if you are a member for additional information. Bill Huffman may be reached at wfhuffman@yahoo.com.

Borough Hall & the Malvern Public Library

Borough Hall remains closed to public access until further notice.  Borough administration remains available during normal business hours at Borough Hall.  Individuals paying real estate tax and/or sewer bills may provide payments via the locked drop box outside of Borough Hall or through the mail.

Room reservations for use of the Borough’s facilities by outside groups (e.g., homeowners associations, nonprofit groups, etc.) are being suspended until further notice.  Additionally, fingerprinting and drug drop-off with the Malvern Police Department shall be suspended until further notice.

The Malvern Public Library will continue with a curbside drop-off and pick-up program for materials until further notice.  Updates on the re-opening of the Malvern Public Library to the public will be posted when they are available.

Public Meetings

As permitted by Act No. 15 of 2020, public meetings will continue to be held virtually if possible. Please watch the Borough website for information on upcoming virtual meetings.

Tax & Sewer Payments

Real estate tax and sewer payments should continue to be made through mail in payments or by placing payments in an envelope in the dropbox located on the exterior of Borough Hall. The dropbox is secure and being checked daily. Please be advised that Borough Council extended the deadline for tax payments with the adoption of Resolution No. 810 as outlined below:

  • Discount period – Payment during the discount period outlined on your Real Estate Tax bill is extended until August 31, 2020.
  • Face period – Payment during the face period outlined on your Real Estate Tax bill is extended until December 31, 2020.

Permits and Construction

Effective May 1, 2020, public and private construction activity will be authorized to continue subject to guidelines issued by Governor Tom Wolf and the PA Department of Health. The guidelines may be accessed below:

PA GUIDELINES FOR CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY

In accordance with these provisions, Malvern Borough is implementing the following procedures for permits. Please see the guidelines below:

  • Permit applications, including building, zoning, subdivision & land development, and Zoning Hearing Board applications, must be submitted via email or drop-off by appointment only. Pick-up of permits will be by appointment only.
  • All transactions for permit drop-off and pick-up will be handled in the parking lot of Borough Hall.
  • All meetings with contractors for projects will be done virtually. No in-person meetings at Borough Hall are permitted.

Contractors are expected to following the guidelines as set forth by Pennsylvania and the Borough will monitoring sites for compliance.

Community Events

Announcements regarding rescheduled or modified community events will be posted when the information is available.

Chester County Health Department

We encourage all residents during this time to continue monitoring the Chester County Health Department’s COVID-19 website. This is an excellent resource for information and the maps are regularly updated. A link has been provided below:

CHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 WEBSITE