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For Immediate Release

COVID-19 Hellertown Borough Updates 
June 4th 2020 at 11:00 am

 

The Borough of Hellertown continues to operate under a Disaster Declaration singed March 16th.  Borough Council, The Mayor and Administration are working closely to ensure essential governmental functions continue and resources are available for all. 
  • Borough Real Estate Taxes Information
    • *** NOTE DISCOUNT PERIOD IS ENDING NEXT MONDAY***
      • The Discount Period is extended to June 8th 2020 (Normally April 6th)
      • Base Period will begin on June 9th and extend through December 31st 2020
        • The penalty period is waved until December 31st 2020
      • You may continue to pay any permits, taxes or any other items by utilizing the drop box outside Borough Hall (a receipt will be mailed to you upon processing) or Online (3rd party fees may apply).
      • Borough Hall remains closed to the public
  • Borough Council and all other Committees and Commissions  will continue to meet via public Webex and Facebook Live and additional governmental meetings may use this same method. 
    • The meeting information will be posted on our Website and Borough Hall door for any and all who wish to participate. 
      • If you would like to submit a question or comment in writing to be read into the record, please email them to webmaster@hellertownborough.org by 6:15 pm on Monday or the night of the meeting 
Yellow Phase General Guidelines:

Compost Center Update
  • Will return to normal operating hours starting the week of June 8th
    • The center will no longer be open Monday - Thursday
    • Starting on Friday, June 12, 2020, the Compost Center will be opened on Friday's and Saturday's from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Mulch Loading
      • The fee for the loader machine loading mulch is reinstated
      • No fee is you hand load yourself
    • Occupancy Limit
      • Combination of six vehicles allowed in the center at one time. All other vehicles will be held in line until there is an opening with the following guidelines and you must follow social distancing rules:
        One vehicle allowed at a time at the drop off bin
        Three vehicles allowed at a time at the drop off pile
        Two vehicles - one at each of the two mulch piles for loading
Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions
  • Telework Must Continue Where Feasible – Borough Hall remains closed to the public
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders
  • Child Care Open Complying with Guidance
  • Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place
  • Schools Remain Closed for In-Person Instruction
Social Restrictions
  • Stay at Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation
  • Large Gatherings of More than 25 Prohibited
  • In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed
  • Restaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out and Delivery Only
    • Are permitted to add dine-in service in outdoor seating areas so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the Reopening Plan guidance, including maximum occupancy limits
  • All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning
  • Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary
Parks/Recreation/Outdoor Events
  • The Saucon Rail Trail remains open for walking and biking. 
  • All playgrounds will reopen – please use at your own risk. 
    • Use of the playgrounds are subject to the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society - Parks and Reopening Guidelines attached here.
      •  Users should supply own hand sanitizer and obey all posted signage
  • Basketball & Volleyball Courts are Open – no more than 10 players per court. 
    • Users should supply own hand sanitizer.
  • All public restrooms and water fountains will remain closed during the yellow phase
    • Subject to the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society - Parks and Reopening Guidelines, at this time we are not able to comply
  • Pool - the pool will remained closed
    • The current guidance from our insurance company is to utilize the Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society - Parks and Reopening Guidelines.
      • Based on those guidelines we are not able to safely operate a pool of our size nor comply fully with all recommendations.  
      • The guidelines also point to a significant financial loss if we were to attempt to open the pool this season
The Borough is following the below Guidelines
Pennsylvania Recreation & Park Society- Parks and Reopening Guidelines
Hellertown Business Reopening Plan
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Press Release
BOROUGH OF HELLERTOWN
BUSINESS REOPENING PLAN
June 4, 2020
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Purpose:
 
1. The purpose of this plan is to assist our locally owned small businesses, especially our
restaurants and retailers, to rebound from the closure of their businesses during the
COVID-19 pandemic.
2. To allow Borough businesses to expand their footprint during what is expected to be
state-enforced social distancing requirements to deter the spread of coronavirus.
3. To operate within the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and Borough of
Hellertown with the intent to do everything we can within reason and within our
jurisdiction to assist local businesses, while ensuring that the safety of the community is
our foremost interest.
4.  This plan will also allow for tables to be set up in certain areas of the Borough
Right-of-Way, in parking lots, and in other public and private locations that wouldn’t traditionally be authorized under current zoning regulations.
 
This guidance does not authorize any specific external area near or adjacent to a business in the restaurant industry for outdoor dining. Businesses must obtain any permits or other authorization, as required, to serve food and beverages outside of physical indoor service areas.

 
Use of Parking Lots/Other Public Spaces
Upon request to the Borough of Hellertown, the Borough will review requests to use Public Space and/or Right of Way to assist the business in expanding their operating footprint allowing for recommended social distancing.
 
Public spaces that will be considered for use include:
  • Public sidewalk / right of way not used by existing first-floor business (requested right of ways must be contiguous with the right of way of the requesting business)
  • Parking spaces in privately owned surface parking lots/open spaces can be used if permission is secured by the property owner.
  
Regulations:
1. Participation is limited to Restaurant and Retail Businesses
2. All businesses participating in this program must be fully licensed by the Borough of Hellertown and subject to all applicable inspections.
3. All restaurant owners must provide their own tables, chairs linens, and eating utensils and retailers must provide their own display racks/shelves.
4. Restaurants must comply with Reopening Guidance as outlined by the state.
5. Tables and chairs cannot extend into the vehicular lanes to allow for emergency vehicles. A location diagram of tables and chairs must be included in the application and approved by the Borough.
6. All business owners will be responsible for sanitizing and cleaning all eating surfaces and furniture after each use as per CDC guidelines.
7. All business owners will be responsible for cleaning up and collecting all trash at the end of their operating hours.
8. Business owners must have designated staff to monitor the proper use and sanitation of their tables and equipment.
9. All tables and backs of chairs (when a person is seated in them) will be at least 6 feet apart and 6 feet from doors, streetlights, ADA ramps and other obstacles.
10. All operation requirements included in the Governor’s Executive Order apply to this program.
11. All applicable Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board rules and regulations will apply and will be monitored by the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Enforcement division.
12. Masks must be worn by all employees of the business.
13. Reservations are encouraged by individuals using the expanded outdoor spaces. This regulation is to aid the restaurant in knowing how many patrons on a given night.
14. If a business is using a tent, they must meet all local safety guidelines including weights to prevent them from becoming airborne during high winds. The tent may not have walls that will allow for open airflow. No cooking shall be done under a tent, even if it is fire-retardant.
15. Fire lanes and hydrants cannot be blocked.
16. Propane heaters shall not be closer than 5 feet to any entrance/exit of any structure and never under a non-fire rated tent or umbrellas.
17. Smoking is strictly prohibited in all temporary outdoor spaces and it is the responsibility of the business to enforce.
18. The Borough is not responsible for any theft of equipment should they be left out after normal business hours.
19. Each applicant must provide proof of property and liability insurance in the amount of $1M and agree that the Borough will be held harmless and indemnified from any claims as a result of use by providing the Borough a Certificate of Insurance naming the Borough as an Additional Insured.
20. There will be no selling of alcoholic drinks outside the business premises if the business is not a dining establishment and has not received permission from the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Alcohol sales are limited to restaurants or other establishments that have proper PLCB licensing.
21. This program may be difficult to introduce for some businesses and the Borough will work with all in the spirit of cooperation but the Borough reserves the right to deny a request.
22. As a result of ever-evolving policies during these unprecedented times; the Borough reserves the right to unilaterally revise these guidelines and to cancel or suspend this program at its discretion.
23. If streets are closed, emergency vehicles will need access. Access distances will need to be established. Note:  no streets are being closed at this time.
24. Heaters must be UL approved with tip-over switch, propane tanks cannot be stored in the building.
25. All furniture must maintain 3 ft. distance around hydrants for any tables\chairs.
26. Building exits cannot be blocked.
27. The use of tents is not recommended please consider the use of tables with umbrellas for shade purposes.
28.  Outdoor restrooms are prohibited.  Arrangements must be made to allow customers to use comfort stations within the establishment. 
All businesses and employees in the restaurant and retail food service industry authorized to conduct in person activities pursuant to this guidance must do the following:
  • Using self-service food or drink options, such as buffets, salad bars, and condiments.
  • Condiments must be removed from tables and dispensed by employees upon the request of a customer.
  • Using reusable menus, other than digital menus sanitized after each use.
  • Refilling food and beverage containers or implements brought in by customers. 
  • Follow all applicable provisions of the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public, available here, including provisions requiring the establishment of protocols for execution upon discovery that the business has been exposed to a person who is a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19.
  • Require all customers to wear masks while entering, exiting, or otherwise traveling throughout the restaurant or retail food service business. Face coverings may be removed while seated. Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition (including children under the age of two years per CDC guidance) are not required to wear masks and are not required to provide documentation of such medical condition.
  • Provide at least six feet between parties at tables, (i.e., the six feet cannot include the space taken up by the seated guest). If tables or other seating are not movable, seat parties at least six feet apart.
  • Spacing must also allow for physical distancing from areas outside of the facility’s control (i.e. such that pedestrians on a sidewalk can pass with at least six feet of distance to customer).
  • Ensure maximum occupancy limits for indoor and outdoor areas are posted and strictly enforced. Maximum occupancy is calculated using the following two methods. The more restrictive number must be used.
    • Method 1. Limit to 50% of stated fire capacity or 12 people per 1,000 square feet if there is not a fire code number available. When no fire code number is available for outdoor dining, the 12 people per 1,000 square feet number should be applied. 3 Issued 05-27-2020  
    • Method 2. Arrange the restaurant or retail food service business so that customers sitting at a table are not within six feet of any customers sitting at another table in any direction and calculate the maximum number of customers that can be accommodated.
  • Don’t use shared tables among multiple parties unless the seats can be arranged to maintain six feet of distance between parties.
  • Close or remove amenities and congregate areas non-essential to the preparation and service of food or beverages such as dance floors, child play areas, interactive games, and video arcades.
  • Train all employees on the importance and expectation of increased frequency of handwashing, the use of hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol, and provide clear instructions to avoid touching hands to face.
  • Assign employee(s) to monitor and clean high touch areas frequently while in operation including entrance doors, bathroom surfaces, host stands etc., and continue to regularly clean all other areas of the restaurant or retail food service businesses. Clean and disinfect any shared items with which customers will come in contact such as tabletops, digital menus, check presenters, and digital payment devices after each customer use.
  • Implement procedures to increase cleaning and sanitizing frequency in the back of house. Avoid all food contact surfaces when using disinfectants.
  • Provide physical guides, such as tape on floors or sidewalks and signage on walls to ensure that customers remain at least six feet apart in lines or waiting for seating or in line for the restroom. Encourage customers ordering take-out to wait in their vehicles after ordering.
  • Provide non-medical masks for employees to wear at all times and make it mandatory to wear masks while at the restaurant or retail food service business. An employee does not need to wear a mask if it impedes their vision, if they have a medical condition, or if it would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task. Employers may approve masks obtained or made by employees according to Department of Health policies.
  • Where possible, stagger work stations to avoid employees standing adjacent or next to each other. Where six feet of separation is not possible, consider spacing options that include other mitigation efforts with increased frequency of cleaning and sanitizing surfaces.
  • Establish a limit for the number of employees in shared spaces, including break rooms, and offices to maintain at least a six-foot distance.
  • Ensure employees do not share equipment to the extent possible (e.g., cooking equipment, trays, etc.).
  • Verify that dishwashing machines are operating at the required wash, rinse and sanitize temperatures and with appropriate detergents and sanitizers.
  • Follow all requirements of the Department of Agriculture’s Food Code regulations, even when altering from normal types of food delivery. All businesses and employees in the restaurant and retail food service industry authorized to conduct in person activities pursuant to this guidance are encouraged to do the following:  
  • Establish a written, worksite-specific COVID-19 prevention plan at every location, perform a comprehensive risk assessment of all work areas, and designate a person to implement the plan.
  • Prior to each shift, ask that the employees self-measure their temperature and assess symptoms.
  • Utilize reservations for dining on premises to maintain records of all appointments, including contact information for all customers.
  • Use staff-facilitated seating where appropriate. If seating is not staff facilitated and tables cannot be moved to meet the physical distancing requirements outlined above, tables that should not be used must be clearly marked as out of service.
  • Allow no more than 10 people at a table, unless they are a family from the same household.
  • Use single-use disposable menus (e.g., paper) and discard after each customer, or utilize a written posting such as a chalkboard or whiteboard to relay menu information.
  • Use technology solutions where possible to reduce person-to-person interaction, including mobile ordering; text or phone app technology to alert customers when their table is ready to avoid use of “buzzers;” and contactless payment options.
  • Install physical barriers, such as sneeze guards and partitions at point of sale terminals, cash registers, bars, host stands, and other areas where maintaining physical distance of six feet is difficult.
  • Consider methods to make point of sale terminals safer, including use of no contact applications, placement of a glass or clear plastic barrier between the employee and the customer, and providing a hand sanitizer station for customer and employee use after handling credit/debit cards, PIN terminals, or exchange of cash.
  • Consider installing touchless door and sink systems or providing single-use barriers (e.g., deli tissues, paper towels) for use when touching door and sink handles.
  • Schedule closure periods throughout the day to allow for cleaning and disinfecting, including bathrooms (i.e., after lunch service).
  • Servers should avoid touching items on tables while customers are seated to the extent possible. Dedicated staff should remove all items from the table when customers leave.
  • Use separate doors to enter and exit the establishment when possible.
  • When protective equipment such as face coverings are used, launder daily and wash hands after touching/adjusting face covering while working.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2020 
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Temporarily Expedites Extensions of Licensed Premises for Additional Outdoor Serving Areas
Harrisburg – Supplementing guidance issued by Governor Tom Wolf for businesses in the restaurant industry and to facilitate outdoor dining and service, the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board today announced an expedited approval process for licensees wishing to temporarily extend their licensed premises to include additional outdoor areas.
The service or sale of alcoholic beverages in unlicensed areas is illegal, so licensees looking to serve or sell alcoholic beverages in a currently unlicensed outdoor area must apply to the PLCB for an extension of their licensed premises. 
Adoption of this temporary expedited application process will immediately grant authority to serve at previously unlicensed outdoor areas, waiving both application fees and the minimum 30-day waiting period typically required before an extension of licensed premises could be approved.
The guidance issued today by the PLCB regarding these temporary procedures is summarized below.
  • Emergency temporary authority for outside areas may be requested by clubs, catering clubs, restaurants, retail dispensers, hotels, distilleries, limited distilleries, wineries, limited wineries, and breweries.
  • Licensees that wish to apply for a temporary extension of the licensed premises to include outside serving areas, with this extension expiring at the end of the current public health emergency, may do so without paying the $220 filing fee.
  • The application for temporary extension of premises to include an outdoor seating area will require the submission of a plan, and if the area to be licensed is an area not under the applicant’s control – such as a municipal sidewalk – then proof that the applicant has the right to occupy the location must be provided.
  • A licensee may only submit an application for an outdoor area immediately adjacent to, abutting and contiguous to the existing licensed premises. Applications for locations not meeting these criteria will be rejected, and no temporary extensions are allowed for any locations separated from a licensed premises by a public thoroughfare.
  • Upon submission of the application, the licensee will see a confirmation screen that the application was successfully submitted for processing. The licensee must print this confirmation page and display it as evidence the application was received, and at that point, the licensee will automatically have temporary authority to operate on the proposed outdoor area.
Licensees that do not wish to extend the licensed premises to serve and sell alcohol but will merely allow customers to congregate on an unlicensed portion of the premises are reminded they must still adhere to the Governor’s guidelines on social distancing.
Any licensee that fails to comply with this guidance risks citation by the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement.
The PLCB regulates the distribution of beverage alcohol in Pennsylvania, operates nearly 600 wine and spirits stores statewide, and licenses 20,000 alcohol producers, retailers, and handlers. The PLCB also works to reduce and prevent dangerous and underage drinking through partnerships with schools, community groups, and licensees. Taxes and store profits – totaling nearly $18.5 billion since the agency’s inception – are returned to Pennsylvania’s General Fund, which finances Pennsylvania’s schools, health and human services programs, law enforcement, and public safety initiatives, among other important public services. The PLCB also provides financial support for the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement, the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs, other state agencies, and local municipalities across the state. For more information about the PLCB, visit lcb.pa.gov.
 
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