October 13, 2020
Starting Wednesday, October 14th, PECO will be replacing numerous power poles throughout the Borough. It is anticipated that the replacement of these poles, over 100 in total, will occur over the next 4 to 6 weeks.
October 3, 2020
With release of this letter, I am declaring a state of emergency in the Borough of West Chester as of 6:00 pm today. A state of emergency expands the powers of the Mayor so I may institute temporary, protective regulations. The purpose is to improve our...
October 12, 2020 6:36 PM
With release of this letter, I am amending the October 2, 2020 state of emergency order in the Borough of West Chester to allow residents to request gatherings of up to 25 people, or more upon special exception based on public safety requirements. This enables those with the ability to practice COVID safety precautions to gather responsibly and safely. Without this approval, gatherings at residences remain limited to a maximum of 10 people.
All other requirements outlined in the original declaration remain in effect until further notice, including masking requirements.
Those wishing to request gatherings >10 people can complete a request form, and it will be reviewed/approved within 2 days or less if needed. The West Chester Police Department will be notified in advance of all approved gatherings. Forms can be obtained from Emily Pisano: EPisano@west-chester.com.
To clarify the scope and intent of the original State of Emergency declaration and this amendment, it is important to understand that residences are the only area not currently covered under the Governor's COVID safety orders. The State of Emergency declaration was issued on October 2, 2020, to address this particular area, given the rising infection rates in the Borough's rental community among 18- to 22-year-olds.
All other gatherings in commercial, public, and non-residential spaces continue to be permitted, as they have been, provided they adhere to the Governor's state-mandated requirements. Commercial business and restaurant operations continue to remain under the purview of the Governor's COVID safety requirements and must also meet the requirements in the PennDOT-approved plan for the Gay Street Open-Air Marketplace.
This order is in line with similar ordinances in other college communities across the state and country. In State College, COVID-19 infection rates, which were skyrocketing in the college-age population in their rental communities, have fallen 50% in the past two weeks, after passage of these requirements.
I know the majority of our residents will do their part to protect our neighbors. COVID-19 remains a public health emergency, with nearly 1,000 Americans dying each day from the disease, and experts predicting potentially steep increases in infection and death rates this fall. As long as we all follow the Governor's orders for non-residential properties, and the requirements in this and the original declaration for residential properties, we can help keep our economy open while protecting ourselves, our neighbors, and our loved ones.
This order covers the Borough of West Chester only.
September 23, 2020 12:00 PM
The Borough of West Chester does not establish dates or times for Trick-or-Treating. Because of COVID-19 concerns, many people will not be participating in Trick-or Treating this year. Borough residents are reminded to please respect neighbors who do not...
August 14, 2020
Borough Services and COVID-19