Declaration of State of Emergency
As Mayor of the Borough of Narberth, please let this letter serve as my Declaration of a State of Emergency in the Borough of Narberth for the next 7 days. This order shall allow Borough Council to help effectuate and pursue the goals stated by the Governor of Pennsylvania as given on March 12, 2020 relating to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.
Mayor Andrea M. Deutsch
Thank you for reaching out. I really appreciate you taking the governor’s guidance to heart and closing (your restaurant) right away. It shows your commitment to our community and your forward thinking in leading a local business.
I have received some additional guidance today regarding best practices for restaurant operation during this public health mitigation effort.
The first step would be to have a policy in place for employees so they feel comfortable and financially supported if they, or a member of their household, begin feeling ill. If that happens, it is imperative that they not come to work to protect you, other employees, and your customers. Additionally, you should have a clear policy in place for staff regarding the sanitization of common contact surfaces.
The Montgomery County Department of a Commerce suggests that converting the restaurant to a pick up only operation (with payment handled online to reduce person-to-person interaction) is one way to maintain continuity in your business while protecting public health. Another suggestion is that, if you were to reopen your dining room, you could alter the seating arrangement to expand the distances between patrons to be at least 4-6 ft.
While remaining completely closed offers the most protection for you, your workers, and the community, it is my obligation to share all of the current options with you.
I hope this is helpful. I will share additional information as I become aware of it.
President, Narberth Borough Council
Message from the Chief of Police
Please know that I initiated a Police Action Plan on March 10th in response to the Coronavirus so that basic police services will continue, uninterrupted. Police vehicles are equipped with medical bags that contain personal protective equipment to use, as needed; thereby, allowing officers to protect themselves while responding to medical-related calls for service and other assignments.
As the Interim Emergency Management Coordinator, I organized an Emergency Management Roundtable on March 11th with our Public Safety Team, which included Mayor Andrea Deutsch, in response to the Coronavirus. Follow-up Emergency Management meetings with the Public Safety Team will be conducted weekly, or as needed. We are using local, state and federal partners to gather real-time intelligence and information regarding this matter. Communications received from these sources will be shared, as received.
In the meantime, per the Center for Disease Control, adhere to the following guidelines:
•Maintain a distance of at least six (6) feet from others
•Practice proper hygiene
•Wash hands frequently, but especially after coming in contact with other people and commonly-touched surfaces, including but not limited to counters, door handles, money, keyboards, public seating
•Try not to touch face with unwashed hands, but do wash face, in particular around the nose and eyes, while washing hands
•Remove footwear at the door when returning home, as many germs can be tracked inside via shoes, sneakers and boots
•Practice basics to keep healthy, like staying hydrated, eating properly, getting sleep and going outside for exercise and fresh air
•Avoid mass gatherings
•Consult with a family physician or emergency room if exhibiting described symptoms
Be aware that it is difficult to process information about this disease, because there is just so much of it coming from multiple sources (news, social media, conversations), but people should not panic. First responders (police, fire, medics) are trained to recognize that hysteria does not help. What happens is not nearly as important as how it is handled. Things may be changing by the hour, but this situation, like so many others, will eventually calm and pass.
However, I can assure all residents, business owners and visitors that, until it does, Borough of Narberth emergency services, professional staff, public employees and elected officials will work together as a team, and, in the end, our community will be okay. Enjoy the weekend and have fun with family and friends.
Thank you for supporting the Narberth Police Department.
Chief of Police
Narberth Police Department
Pinnacle will not reopen before March 28th. Narberth Borough and Lower Merion Township continue to increase safety precautions for the health and well being of our community. The next 13 days are a time for the Pinnacle Community to distance themselves from those who would put themselves in harm's way. This virus is not going away. The efforts being taken are trying to limit exposure to a virus that today alone killed 250 people in Italy. Montgomery County, our part of Montgomery County is the epicenter. Our updated cleaning protocols will need to continue and know that everyone who works in the fitness center will be trained before we reopen. When we return, our community will have had the chance to find out if someone is displaying symptoms of this life-threatening virus. We are a community of young and old, diverse in background. This virus does not care. Many in our community have survived and endured more than they should. I will not put their health at risk. Take stock of your health now, not missed opportunity. Our community will be stronger with this overt, transparent attempt to keep people healthy.
I truly wish all of you the best of health, not only in the coming days, but for many years to come. Our Pinnacle family sets an example for what "community" is supposed to be about. I am incredibly fortunate to have gotten to know so many of you so well. It is those friendships that make the decision to uphold the recommendations of our Governor and local government so easy to make. The recommendations are to protect you. Please take care of yourself and our community.
In good health,
Owner- Pinnacle Training and Fitness
632 Montgomery Avenue, Suite 1
Narberth, PA 19072
News compiled by Ed Ridgway, NBA president, and marketing consultant at Main Line PR