In our Community
EFFECTIVE FRIDAY, JUNE 5, 2020: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s "Stay at Home" order has been lifted for Montgomery County as part of our transition into the "Yellow" Phase of the plan to reopen the state. On Friday, June 26, 2020, Montgomery County moved into the "Green" Phase.
do i need to wear a mask in public?
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine signed an order effective April 19, 2020 that establishes protocols for protecting workers still employed at life-sustaining businesses - and the customers who visit them.
In addition to the social distancing, mitigation and cleaning protocols that employers must follow, these businesses that serve the public within a building or defined area are ordered to implement the following, based on the size of the building and number of employees:
- Require all customers to wear masks while on premises, and deny entry to individuals not wearing masks, unless the business is providing medication, medical supplies, or food, in which case the business must provide alternative methods of pick-up or delivery of goods, except individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children the age of 2 years) may enter the premises without having to provide medical documentation;
- In-person business is allowed to be conducted, but they must limit occupancy to no greater than 75 percent of the number stated on their certificate of occupancy as necessary to reduce crowding in the business and at check-out and counter lines in order to maintain a social distance of 6 feet, and place signage throughout each site to mandate social distancing for both customers and employees;
- Alter hours of business so that the business has sufficient time to clean or to restock or both;
- Install shields or other barriers at registers and check-out areas to physically separate cashiers and customers or take other measures to ensure social distancing of customers from check-out personnel, or close lines to maintain a social distance between of 6 feet between lines;
- Encourage use of online ordering by providing delivery or outside pick-up;
- Designate a specific time for high-risk and elderly persons to use the business at least once every week if there is a continuing in-person customer-facing component;
- In businesses with multiple check-out lines, only use every other register, or fewer. After every hour, rotate customers and employees to the previously closed registers. Clean the previously open registers and the surrounding area, including credit card machines, following each rotation;
- Schedule handwashing breaks for employees at least every hour; and
- Where carts and hand baskets are available, assign an employee to wipe down carts and hand baskets before they become available to a new customer.
I want to help by volunteering. How can i get involved?
Many service providers are looking for volunteers to help with some of their outreach programs, including meal delivery. Please contact RSVP if you’re interested about current opportunities:
I’M WORRIED ABOUT THE HOMELESS. IS THERE A WAY I CAN HELP?
Your Way Home Montgomery County works closely to support all of our community partners that operate emergency housing shelters. Your Way Home has created an Emergency Fund to aid those who need emergency rent, hotel accommodations, or other essential resources.
Donate Online: www,yourwayhome.org and click the "Donate" button at the top of the page
Donate by Check:
Montgomery County Foundation/Your Way Home
4 Sentry Parkway East, Suite 302
Blue Bell, PA 19422