Pennsylvania’s Governor, Tom Wolf, announced new temporary mitigation efforts in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19 amidst reports of 12,000 new infections and 248 new deaths by the Department of Health. From a period running from December 12th until January 4th the following temporary rules are in place:
- Indoor dining is prohibited, but take-out and outdoor food and alcohol sales are permitted.
- Indoor gatherings should not exceed 10 individuals and outdoor gatherings should not exceed 50.
- Indoor operations at fitness facilities, theatres, bowling alleys and similar locations are prohibited.
- Grocers, clothiers, and other in person retailers are limited to 50% capacity.
- School activities are on pause unless they can be held virtually, this includes all sports and activities from the K to 12 grade level in both public and private schools.
These new rules are in effect starting at midnight tonight and more details can be found at governor.pa.gov/newsroom.
The Meadville Family YMCA will be closing all of its workout facilities beginning tomorrow, but wants the public to know that other services such as childcare will still be in operation. Childcare services at the Downtown and Vernon Y will still operate from 6AM to 6PM Monday through Friday. In addition, the Meadville Family YMCA will be offering virtual fitness options for its members at meadvilleymca.org/coronavirusresponse.
Governor Tom Wolf who announced he had tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday has also stated that he tested negative on Thursday. A followup to the routine test everyone at the Emergency Management Office receives on Tuesday’s came up with a negative result.
A former minor league coach is suing the Pittsburgh Penguins organization, alleging that they covered up a sexual assault. Jarrod Skalde, formerly a coach for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins farm team, alleges that the Penguins covered up the sexual assault of his wife by Clarke Donatelli, another former coach.