COVID-19


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Governor Wolf Issues Stay at Home Order

The Governor of Pennsylvania has issued a Stay-at-Home order which includes Chester County beginning at 8pm this evening March 23rd, 2020.  This order has been extended until June 4, 2020 for our region.

It is very important to ensure you are following social distancing to protect you and your family from this illness. Keep a minimum of six feet away from others, wash your hands with soap and water often for at least 20 seconds, and only leave your house if the action is required to sustain life.

Examples of life sustaining actions include going to the grocery store, pharmacy, doctor’s office, or a hospital. If you absolutely must travel, gas stations will remain open. Do not travel in groups, when you can, go to the grocery store alone to prevent crowding, and limit personal interaction with others.

If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 please contact your health care provider. For up to date information please visit the Chester County Health Department’s website at the link provided below:

CHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH

For complete details on the Stay at Home order, please visit the link below:

Governor’s Stay-at-Home Amendment


DECLARATION FROM MAYOR BURTON

In response to the COVID-19 virus outbreak effecting the region, Mayor David Burton has declared a Local Disaster Emergency. The intent of this declaration is not to alarm, but rather as a measure to improve our government’s ability to manage novel coronavirus transmission and minimize COVID-19 in our community. We are now in the most critical time of this pandemic, in that we have a window of opportunity to proactively mitigate the disease. This declaration is to ensure that the residents and business owners in the Borough of Malvern will have all the assistance that is needed during this time of national emergency. The full declaration may be accessed below:

DECLARATION OF LOCAL DISASTER EMERGENCY


BOROUGH HALL CLOSURE

Effective immediately, as a caution to the COVID-19 virus and at the recommendation of the Chester County Health Department, Borough Hall is closed to the public until further notice. The Malvern Public Library will also be closed during this time. Essential services, such as those provided through the Borough administration, emergency services, and the Public Works Department, will continue at this time.

Individuals paying tax and/or sewer bills during this time are encouraged to mail in payments or place payments in an envelope in the dropbox located on the exterior of Borough Hall.

For administrative services, please call 610-644-2602. For police assistance, please dial 911. We urge you to check www.malvern.org periodically for more information and updates.

We encourage all residents during this time to also monitor the Chester County Health Department’s COVID-19 website. A link has been provided below:

CHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COVID-19 WEBSITE


Updates from Malvern Borough 

Malvern Borough, like many other government entities, is working to proactively help mitigate exposure and limit the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). With the recent pandemic declaration, we are activating certain measures to increase social distancing and help with sanitation efforts. These include:

  • Restricting the use of the Borough building and meeting room to outside groups.
  • Staff are being prohibited from all non-essential external meetings, trainings, and conferences.
  • Extra care is being given when it comes to sanitizing public and/or high traffic areas.
  • Outdoor public events are currently being evaluated.  Please watch the Malvern Borough website for information on these activities.

Malvern Borough is working closely with the Chester County Department of Emergency Services and the Chester County Health Department to monitor the COVID-19 Virus effecting communities around the world. While there are no confirmed cases here in Chester County, the Department of Health has advised of some common sense practices all residents should be exercising:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly and frequently. This should be done for a minimum of 20 seconds and with soap and water when available. Hand sanitizer can be used if soap and water are unavailable.
  • Do not travel to affected countries and/or locations. Visit the website established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to check locations.  A link has been provided below: CDC COVID-19 AFFECTED LOCATIONS WEBSITE
  • Avoid large gatherings if possible.
  • If you are not feeling well or sick, stay home. Self-quarantine is the best way to stop the spread.
  • Clean surfaces that are touched frequently (i.e. doorknobs, handles, phones, etc.).

We are continuing to work with the Chester County Health Department and Chester County Department of Emergency Services to monitor the progression of the virus and if the need for more stringent policies or measures are to be put into place, we will advise accordingly. As of now, we ask residents and business owners to take this same proactive approach and follow the Centers for Disease Control’s recommended prevention guidelines.  While there is no need to panic as there are currently no confirmed cases in Chester County, we as a community need to be cognizant of our role in helping to prevent the unnecessary spread of the virus to those who are the most vulnerable.

Please continue to monitor the Chester County Health Department and Center for Disease Control websites. Follow these prevention guidelines to reduce your own chance of infection and thereby reduce the chance you will infect others. Practice voluntary social distancing by avoiding large gatherings and distancing yourself from others.


Malvern Borough COVID-19 Update

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. Borough Hall remains closed to the public until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus. The Malvern Public Library will also be closed during this time. Essential services, such as those provided through the Borough administration, emergency services, and the Public Works Department, will continue at this time. This situation continues to be fluid and we encourage individuals to monitor the Malvern Borough website for updates.

For administrative services, please call 610-644-2602. For police assistance, please dial 911. We urge you to check www.malvern.org periodically for more information and updates.

Tax & Sewer Payments

During the time the Borough Hall is closed to the public, real estate tax and sewer payments may 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.

Malvern Borough Park & Recreation Areas

During this time, the Borough’s parks and playgrounds will remain closed until further notice. As previously outlined, this closure shall include:

  • All playground equipment and the gazebo at Burke Park
  • Basketball courts and baseball field at Quann Park
  • Basketball court at Herzak Park
  • All playground equipment at Rubino Park
  • Baseball fields and playground equipment at the Paoli Memorial Grounds
  • Battlefield area at the Paoli Battlefield Park

Individuals are still permitted to walk through the parks, such as on the pedestrian pathways in Burke Park, but are not permitted to congregate at this time. The walking trails in the Randolph Woods Nature Preserve and Paoli Battlefield Park will remain open for use during this time. Malvern Borough is continually monitoring the guidance from the Chester County Health Department and the PA Department of Health. We will provide updates on these facilities as guidance allows.

Beginning Saturday, May 16, 2020, the tennis courts at the Paoli Memorial Grounds will be 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.

Community Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Malvern Fire Company has cancelled the annual Fire Company Fair scheduled for July.  The Malvern Fire Company has also been forced to cancel their annual golf tournaments.  Information on the cancellations and ways in which individuals may continue to support the Malvern Fire Company are provided in the link below:

MALVERN FIRE COMPANY – EVENT CANCELLATION & DONATION INFORMATION

The annual Malvern Memorial Parade, originally scheduled for May 31, 2020, has been rescheduled to September 20, 2020 at 1:30 PM.  Please visit the link below for information on the annual Malvern Memorial Parade:

MALVERN MEMORIAL PARADE

COVID-19 Information

As of May 15, 2020, data provided by the Chester County Health Department indicates that there have been thirteen (13) positive COVID-19 cases in Malvern Borough. No deaths have been reported. There have been cases all through Chester County and we should be mindful of the impact this pandemic has had on the surrounding communities. Residents are strongly encouraged to follow 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.

We encourage all residents during this time to also monitor 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

Governor Tom Wolf has extended the Stay-At-Home Order for this region until June 4, 2020.  Information on the amendment to the Stay-At-Home Order are provided in the link below:

GOVERNOR WOLF’S AMENDED STAY-AT-HOME ORDER

Information on life-sustaining businesses currently permitted to operate as outlined by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is provided below:

UPDATED – LIFE SUSTAINING VS NON LIFE-SUSTAINING BUSINESS INFORMATION