On May 28, 2020, I authored a Municipal Manager’s Message identifying the thought process, a philosophy if you will, behind the Township’s Coronavirus Reopening and Future Operations Plan. In that message, I pointed out that there are two schools of thought in dealing with the COVID-19: 1. Shut everything down…ride out the storm no matter what, or 2. Do nothing and know what comes with that is herd immunity, but with the possibility of mass casualties. I further pointed out that we understood as well as respected both points of view and, as such, worked to create a Reopening and Future Operations Plan for the Township that walked the channel in the middle between these viewpoints – and it has worked well thus far.
On June 28, 2020, the Allegheny County Health Department issued updated recommendations due to a recent spike in COVID-19 cases countywide. The Governor also issued an Order requiring the wearing of masks in all public places where social distancing cannot effectively take place. These new guidelines mean that some procedural changes regarding Township operations will need to be made.
Should you elect to visit the McCully Baseball Field Complex, Community Center, Outdoor Pool, and/or the Municipal Building, wear a facial mask. While visiting the Baseball Complex, Community Center and Pool, we understand that you cannot effectively wear a mask while exercising or while in the water, but you can while you are going to and from these facilities and while you are using the restroom. If you would help us with this, we can keep these facilities safely opened. Wearing a facial mask can make a difference when social distancing is not possible.
During the next week, at the direction of the Director of the Allegheny County Health Department, Dr. Debra Bogen, food/alcohol establishments are to be closed – only carry-out service will be permitted. I hope you will agree with me that these businesses, most of which are already facing a financial strain, will need our help to survive. Please consider patronizing local restaurants in Hampton with carry-out/take-out service. One or two days next week may make the difference if they can continue to survive and operate once this closure order is over. Attached is a list of local restaurants; unfortunately, Burger King is permanently closed.
Remember, get tested if you are sick and stay home. If you are out and about, please wear a mask. Last, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer frequently.
Thank you and stay safe!
W. Christopher Lochner,
July 3, 2020