(3/20/20) Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce COVID 19 Member Impact Statements Received as of 3/20/2020
The Blonde Bistro: Call ahead take out/curbside pickup, weeknight specials & family style dinners to go
Bonfatto’s: Call ahead take out/curbside pick up
Cool Beans Coffee & Tea: Stayed open at first, then decided to close until further notice
The Cakery: Limited selection of baked goods available for curbside pickup; Closed until March 28, 2020
Pizza Mia: Call ahead take out & delivery, price specials, free slice & drink to kids out of school
Big Spring Spirits: Curbside pickup for call ahead bottle sales, same day local deliveries, free direct shipping
to anywhere in PA
Pizza Hut: Open regular business hours for takeout & delivery only
LODGING, B&B’S, CAMPING
Reynolds Mansion: Mike and Tricia Andriaccio reported that Reynolds Mansion is experiencing a near
TOTAL shutdown. They have refunded all reservations for March and April with no new reservations coming in.
Also had to lay off part-time employees
HFL Corporation: All reservations have virtually disappeared due to the ban on traveling & Penn State being
shut down. Reduced staff to a bare minimum but still strive to keep all service levels at full standards with
those still facing lodging, Care & Concern Rate in effect. Less than 5% Occupancy rate at this time. Reached
out to FIMA & the National Guard offering availability in the event of any personal being dispatched & in the
need of lodging in our area.
Best Western Plus, University Park: Vicky Barton with Best Western Plus said that they are continuing to
stay open. There has been a drastic drop in occupancy as travel comes to an almost immediate halt in our
area. Holding intensive meetings and training with the staff to increase cleaning efforts, to ensure surfaces are
safe and sanitized in the hotel at all times and that the staff is informed. They have also implemented a
companywide requirement of prepackaged Grab and Go breakfasts instead of the traditional breakfast buffet.
She stated that she feels these changes are in the guest’s best interest during these unsure times.
Camp BREAC: Statement from Jim at Camp BREAC, “I am very pleased with the services rendered by the
Chamber as I am a new member with a different mission that includes an inn, a veteran and military support
mission and the best practices in conservation. I agree with your suggestion that we support the workers and
businesses involved in hospitality and other business and industry functions. We remain open to do our
support functions and missions under the Governors and CDC guidelines but this emergency really changes
the way we implement the programs. Because we have many at risk folks who help us and that we serve we
are strictly adhering to the social distancing and crowd guidelines. It’s currently working for us. Of course
there is zero revenue to fund this stuff but folks are emailing us and asking what we need. THESE ARE ALL
THE COMMUNITY FOLKS in our area. Call me if you need something from us. You know I am at Camp
Breac #Campbreac every day.”
Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce COVID 19 Member Impact Statements Received as of 3/20/2020
Helen Foxx & Company: Joyce is doing video updates on Facebook for viewers to do their shopping virtually
Confer’s Jewelers: Monica teamed up with Joyce from Helen Foxx & Company to do a Spring fashion show
on Facebook, allowing public viewers to purchase items featured in the show.
A Flower Basket: Was offering curb-side-pick-up & no contact delivery; also a special of free box of chocolate
candies delivered with every order up until 3/19/20. Announced Friday, March 20, 2020 closed until further
Grove Printing: Debbie from Grove Printing said that they are open with only 3 people working & had to lay off
3 people. They have lost printing for special events, which have been cancelled. They want people to know
they are open. There will probably be more lost jobs and lost income. She expressed they really don’t get a lot
of foot traffic, but do get a lot of printing jobs for special events, career fairs, church bulletins, which in-person
church services have been cancelled. As expected, Coronavirus is causing a big income loss for them as well.
The Centre County Board of Commissioners & the President Judge of the Centre County Court of Common
Pleas announced Wednesday, March 18, 2020, there will be limited access to of County buildings & offices in
a pre-emptive effort to mitigate the spread of virus. All persons are asked to refrain from visiting County offices.
County offices are operational & functioning; however, contact with County offices should be conducted via
phone, email and any other virtual platforms to transact businesses. County personnel are available to answer
questions & to assist the public with specific directions.
MEDICAL & WELNESS
Bellefonte Family Dentistry: Dr.Richard Miller from Bellefonte Family Dentistry stated due to the
recommendation of the ADA, his dental office (as well as others in the area) have converted to emergency
treatment only for 3 weeks. This means that he will have limited hours, but will be open in case a tooth needs
extracted, patient needs antibiotics, etc. Basically trying to prevent patients from having to go the hospital for
tooth related infections. The shutdown may be extended to more weeks as the situation progresses. It will
have a significant impact on his ability to pay employees, benefits, bills, etc. He said he is hopeful that the
government approves business loans soon so that he can have funds available to help him when the
shutdown ends. He expressed that The Chamber can help by continuing to send out emails keeping them
updated on any availability of support from local to federal entities.
Bellefonte Intervalley Area Chamber of Commerce COVID 19 Member Impact Statements Received as of 3/20/2020
Care For People Plus: JoAnn Knupp said they are updating their line of credit. They already lost $10,000.
Matt Hill from Logan Branch Insurance also stated that his Caterers had to lay off employees since 90% of
their events have been cancelled. Restaurants have lost 70% of their business. He also said that his
Contractors are having trouble getting materials due to kitchen & bath supply stores having to close. Current
work schedules are being postponed until further notice, laying people off as well.
Due to guidelines from Federal Health Officials, Governor Wolfe ordered any gathering of 50 or more people to
be cancelled, which not only effects all of the businesses mentioned above but also any Churches or Religious
Organizations & also state licensed nursing homes, prisons, residential communities, etc.. As per there being a
No-Visitor policy for all such facilities.
Centre County now has one confirmed case of Covid-19 Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “Pennsylvanians have a very important job right now: stay calm, stay home and stay safe. We have seen case counts continue to increase and the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.”
To protect the health of the public and COG employees during the COVID-19 crisis, while maintaining essential functions, the Centre Region Council of Governments (COG) announced that the following measures will take place effective immediately and will continue through at least April 3, 2020:
• Public access to the COG building is restricted. Only visitors dropping off plans or picking up permits at the Code Administration Office. Plan review and inspections for buildings under construction are considered an essential function. For general questions or to schedule an inspection, please call the Code Agency at 814.231.3056 or email Tammy Strouse, CRCA Office Manager; at TES@crcog.net. Rental inspections have been suspended through April 3.
• Public access to Centre Region Parks and Recreation is restricted, but a dropbox for
paperwork and is located at 2040 Sandy Drive, State College, Suite A. Additionally, staff is
available by telephone at 814.231.3071 or email at email@example.com.
• Refuse customers are asked to place all trash in bags (but not recyclables) and possibly
contaminated materials out of recycling bins.
• Room and facility reservations at the above locations have been canceled through April 30.
Regional Fire Protection and Centre Region Emergency Management operations are continuing to serve the community during the crisis.
The COG is striving to continue to meet the needs of our customers and we will continue to serve customers via telephone and email as much as possible. For further details, please contact us:
• Schlow Library: https://www.schlowlibrary.org/ (814.237.6236)
• Refuse and Recycling Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (814.234.7198)
• Centre Regional Planning Agency Email: email@example.com (814.231.3050)
• COG Administration Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (814.231.3077)
• Millbrook Marsh Nature Center Email: email@example.com (814.235.7819
• Active Adult Center Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (814.231.3076)
As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 crisis and follow recommendations from the CDC and the State of Pennsylvania, these measures may be extended or modified.
(3/19/20) YMCA of Centre County’s Anti-Hunger Program is prepared to help children in need of food while schools are closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We realize that many children in our community were dependent on the meals they received at school through the Free/Reduced Lunch Program.
We’ll be setting up drop & go/drive through sites to minimize social contact. Bagged lunches and evening snacks will be provided at each of the sites. Sites will be located in areas that meet USDA eligibility requirements, but we will potentially be adding more as needed.
Feeding sites Monday – Friday
- Bellefonte YMCA from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
- Moshannon Valley YMCA from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
- State College YMCA from 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
MORE SITES WILL BE ADDED UPON APPROVAL.
Donations (both food and monetary) are needed to help support the program and can be made in the following ways.
- Online: https://www.ymcaofcentrecounty.org/support/donate/
- Mail: YMCA of Centre County Development Office, 677 W Whitehall Road, State College, PA 16801.
- In-Person: Our four facilities will able to accept donations in-person from 8:00 AM-4:00 PM Monday through Friday. Doors will likely be locked, but someone will be at the front desk to let you in. (If no one immediately opens the door, try knocking.)
Food items needed are listed below. Items can be dropped off at any of our 4 branches between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM.
- Chicken or beef flavored Ramen Noodles *
- Canned soups – tomato or chicken noodle
- Canned beef stew
- Canned chili
- Mac & Cheese cups *
- Applesauce cups
- Fruit cups
- Pudding cups
- Boxed cereal
- Oatmeal packets
- Nutrigrain/nut-free granola bars *
- Canned pasta (ex. Chef Boyardee) *
- Canned tuna
- Peanut butter
- Shelf stable milk
- Bottled water
- Small loaves of bread
Items with a * are foods we are very low on as of 3/18/2020.
It’s important to us to ensure that no one in our community goes hungry during these uncertain times. If you or another family in your community are struggling to put food on the table or if you are willing to provide support of any kind, please contact Mel Curtis at (814) 342-0889 or email@example.com as soon as possible.
We’ll continue to provide updates regarding our Anti-Hunger initiatives as they become available. Thank you in advance for your support.
(3/19/20) Effective immediately, the Courthouse and all County Offices will remain open during regular business hours by appointment only.
To set up an appointment, please call the department you would like to see directly. Phone numbers are available on the County website, or you may call the Commissioner’s Office at (814) 643-3091 to be directed to the appropriate office. Office numbers will also be posted on the doors of County Buildings.
Magisterial District Judge Offices and court offices in the Courthouse have closed to the public until at least April 3, 2020 by Order of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.
The offices will remain staffed to handle essential court functions. All court filings will be accepted by email, and the court will be conducting essential hearings through video and telephone conferences.
For court related questions and procedures please refer to the Huntingdon County Court website at www.huntingdoncountycourts.net. You may contact the court offices via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 814-643-5078.
(3/18/20) To help us get through this difficult time, the Huntingdon County Chamber of Commerce has created new website pages at www.huntingdonchamber.com with information on restaurants offering delivery and takeout, business closing updates, remote working tools, and business resources to help us all get through this pandemic. Huntingdon County Strong will be updated as additional information is received.
(3/18/20) The Centre Co. Board of Commissioners and the President Judge of the Centre County Court of Common Please have announced limited public access of county buildings and offices in a preemptive effort to mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus. All persons are asked to refrain from visiting county offices. While county offices are operational and functioning, public contact must be conducted by phone, email and any other virtual platforms to transact essential business. County personnel are available to answer questions and to assist the public with specific directions.
(03/18/20) The Huntingdon County Commissioners and the Huntingdon County Emergency Management Agency have conducted numerous meetings to address the impact of access to public records and the need to provide safety and security for Huntingdon County employees and members of the general public in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in 2020.
Effective immediately, County Offices will remain open by appointment only.
To set up an appointment, please call the department you would like to see directly. Phone numbers are available on the County website, or you may call the Commissioner’s Office at (814)643-3091 to be directed to the appropriate office. Office numbers will also be posted on the doors of County Buildings.The Commissioners request that everyone entering the County Buildings thoroughly wash and sterilize their hands before conducting any business in County Offices.
Starting tomorrow, Giant food store in State College will be open from 6a – 10 p for employees to clean, and re-stock stock shelves. For those who are 60 and older, you are welcome to shop from 6-7 a.m. daily at all Giant locations
(3/18/20) Penn State University has suspended in-person classes for the remainder of the semester and also postponed spring commencement. Penn State will announce a schedule for student s to pick up their belongings soon.
(3/18/20) In response to the COVID-19 situation and the Governor’s directive to close all non-essential facilities and services, all of Centre Region Parks and Recreation’s March and April programs and events have been cancelled, including the annual Easter Egg Hunt, Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt, and Earth Day Birthday.
A great resource for our friends in the Huntingdon County Area for information regarding closings, limited hours and other communtiy resources, follow this link: https://www.huntingdonchamber.com/huntingdon-county-strong
The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn announced that all facilities at state park and forests in Pennsylvania will be closed for 14 days effective March 17 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The public will still be able to access trails, lakes, forests, roads, and parking areas for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking.
“People will have access to state-owned open spaces to continue to enjoy the healthful benefits of recreation and being outdoors,” Dunn said. “However, as part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, all of the buildings at state parks and forests including the park and forest offices, and all restrooms will be closed, and all events and public educational programs are canceled.
“We encourage practicing social distancing while enjoying open spaces including avoiding groups and crowds, and visitors should use the bathroom before they leave home,” Dunn said.
Closed facilities include:
- Park and forest offices and visitor centers
- Campgrounds, cabins and all forms of overnight accommodations
- Public programs, events, and trainings are canceled
While travel isn’t restricted, the best advice to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to stay home.
To help avoid exposure to COVID-19 and still enjoy the outdoors:
- Adhere to the social spacing guide (minimum 6 feet) between people and don’t recreate in groups
- Take hand sanitizer with you and use it regularly
- Avoid touching your face, eyes, and nose
- Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing with a tissue or flexed elbow
- If you are sick, stay home
Pennsylvania has 121 state parks, and 20 forest districts.
Information about state parks and forests is available on the DCNR website. Updates also are being provided on DCNR’s Facebook and Twitter accounts.
“We strongly urge non-essential businesses across the commonwealth to do their part by temporarily closing as we work to flatten the curve and protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “We understand that businesses are an economic driver throughout Pennsylvania, and a temporary closure will be a financial and community disruptor. DCED is committed to working with the business community to provide helpful resources for financial assistance.”
Non-essential businesses include public-facing industries such as entertainment, hospitality, and recreation facilities, including but not limited to community and recreation centers; gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities; hair salons and barber shops, nail salons and spas; casinos; concert venues; theaters; sporting event venues and golf courses; retail facilities, including shopping malls except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.
Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.
Although these businesses may remain open, the Wolf Administration continues to encourage them to employ social distancing practices, and encourages Pennsylvanians to be thoughtful in their visits.
Other businesses, including but not limited to legal services, business and management consulting, professional services and insurance services are encouraged to have employees work remotely or telecommute. If that is not possible, they should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.
DCED offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.
The Wolf Administration is relying on businesses to act now before the governor or the Secretary of Health finds it necessary to compel closures under the law for the interest of public health, including section 7301 of the Emergency Management Services Code.