Coronavirus.
Stay Informed.  Get the Facts.

 

This is a difficult time for everyone; but no matter the difficulty, any task is made easier by working together. That’s why we created this page to act as a vetted source of information for our residents. Here you will find the wealth of resources and guidance that are available to help stabilize our community and keep us grounded as the situation continues to evolve, as well as any news or developments concerning the Municipality itself.

We also encourage you to reach out using the social media channels provided below and state any concerns you may have or requests for any information not listed here.

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Notices:

!!! Emergency Declaration !!!

2020 Election Mail-in Balloting Change

Prohibited Burning Reminder

Mental Health Outreach and Support

Bethel Park Library and Municipal Building Closure

Bethel Park Community Center Closure

Revised 2020 Election Information

Revised REAL ID Enforcement Date

 

Current Updates:

Parks Closed Throughout Reopening Process

The Municipality of Bethel Park acknowledges the announcement where the State of Pennsylvania will lift certain restrictions beginning May 8.  However, we need to remind everyone that Governor Wolf stated that restrictions will be lifted in phases, and large social gatherings are not allowed until all reopening phases are complete.
 
One of key “Reopening Principles” outlined in Governor Wolf’s plan for reopening Pennsylvania provides for “Limitations on large gatherings unrelated to occupations, should remain in place for the duration of the reopening process.” https://www.governor.pa.gov/plan-for-pennsylvania/#Phase1Relief
 
As such, all Municipal parks will remain closed in an effort to maintain the required social distancing.  All walking trails and tracks remain open to the public provided they maintain social distancing. We apologize for the temporary inconvenience. 

Memorial Day Program Adjustment

This year’s Memorial Day Program will be different due to COVID-19; however, the sentiment behind the program will remain the same with the intent to strive towards public awareness and remembrance of those who gave their lives for freedom, the supreme sacrifice for their country.

The program is scheduled for 10 a.m. at Presbyterian Church Cemetery with State Representative Natalie Mihalek as the speaker. Her topic will be the “75th Anniversary of Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima.” Mihalek served in the U.S. Navy for four years with an E4 rank of Nuclear Machinist Mate.

The public is welcome to attend providing they employ social/physical distancing.

The event will be aired on BPTV and may be livestreamed on the Municipality’s Facebook page. Please check bethelpark.net for the most current viewing details.

Emergency Declaration

The Municipality of Bethel Park is declaring a state of emergency in response to COVID-19 and the increasing difficulties the virus is presenting. Emergency measures are required to reduce the severity of the situation’s effects and to protect the health, safety and welfare of our community. This will take effect immediately and remain in effect until repealed. These are concerning times, but by taking measures like these we will be able to limit the impacts on our residents, friends and families. For the full text of the declaration, please click on the link above.

Recreational Facilities

The Municipality of Bethel Park would like to re-emphasize that all Municipal Parks and Recreation Areas to include Playground Areas remain closed to the public until further notice. This includes but is not limited to Millennium Park, Pine Tree Park, Molly Hill Park, Village Green Park, UPMC Ballfield, Oak Tree Park, Miner’s Memorial Park, Elm Tree Park, Simmons Park and all facilities at the Community Center. Tracks remain open provided the public continues to practice safe social distancing to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).
 
We encourage all residents to remain home and follow CDC and County Health Official recommendations of social distancing, washing your hands often, covering coughs and sneezes, avoid touching your face, avoiding those who are sick.
 
The Coronavirus Pandemic requires the unprecedented closure of our facilities and we thank you for your understanding and patience as we continue to ensure we maintain essential services to all residents of Bethel Park.

Help Our Community:

Bethel Park restaurants need all the business they can get to ease this trying time, and residents might find a carry-out meal will restore some normalcy to their daily lives. A list of restaurants currently open for orders may be found here.

Likewise, it is important for all of us to counteract any false alarms we see in our community. No one needs the added disruption that comes with misinformation and rumors! Find out how you can help here.

Perhaps most importantly, we must ensure everyone has the resources they need and our community is provided for. Which is why we are hosting a food drive at the Community Center’s front entrance to benefit a partnership between Bethel Park/St. Clair Meals On Wheels and Operation Troop Appreciation. Details can be found here.

Working from home or know someone who is and struggling to make the adjustment? Here are some tips from our residents, some of whom are remote working veterans, that will hopefully provide some valuable insight to help ease this period of transition.

 

Please be advised:

Beginning March 27, 2020, the Municipality of Bethel Park is establishing a helpline that will be manned Monday thru Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM by staff from the Community Center.

The Municipality has received calls from residents who need assistance. It is our hope that this helpline will give them the means to access that assistance. If you know of someone, perhaps a neighbor or customer, who is having difficulty, please let them know this service is available to them and will continue to be for as long as we are in a state of emergency.

The number to reach the helpline is: 412.851.2778

If you would also like to volunteer your time during this unprecedented situation, you may call us at 412.851.2778 or fill out this form.

 

New Submission Process for Permit Submissions, Applications, Construction Plans, Dye Tests Applications

The Municipal building is currently open to the public, you can come in to drop off or pick up permits and applications. For those who do not want to come in, we have set up a municipal drop box for the public. The drop box is located next to the police department entrance and its labeled- “Drop Box Municipal Permits”. We are however encouraging everyone who can to submit all necessary information via email Permits@bethelpark.net. If you are not able to email your information then please use the drop box until further notice. All permit applications and information can be found on the Municipal website under Community Services. If you have any questions regarding the type of permit applications we are accepting at this time please call- 412-831-6800 ext. 135. We thank you for your patience and understanding during these difficult times.

 

Resources and Guidance

Please Be Advised: Enforcement of the Governor’s Order for all non-life-sustaining businesses to close began @ 8:00 AM on Monday, March 23, 2020. A list of qualifying operations can be found here. If you feel you are a life-sustaining business and entitled to remain open, you are advised to file a waiver for such an exemption with the PA DCED.

As the situation brought on by the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to develop, it is important to stay up-to-date with the relevant facts and programs designed to assist individuals and businesses in such times of hardship.

To better serve our residents and ensure they are provided the most accurate information at a singular point of access, we have created an inventory of resources and guidance that will help ease the transition as events continue to progress.

As such, this list will be updated and modified in accordance with any developments in the resources and guidance available.

Resources for Employers

Resources for Affected Individuals

Guidance for Employers

Guidance for Affected Individuals

Paycheck Protection Program FAQ for Small Businesses

The Small Business Owner’s Guide to the CARES Act

Here are some other helpful links:

Centers For Disease Control Guidelines (Older Adults)

Centers For Disease Control General Information

Allegheny Health Alerts

Allegheny Health Department General Information

The CDC’s Tips for Talking with Children

UNICEF Gives Advice on How to Talk to Your Child About Coronavirus

CDC’s Children in Disasters – Helping Children Cope

CDC Household Checklist

 

Click here to view Bethel Park’s own Dr. Tim Campbell as he conducts an informative Q&A on the novel coronavirus.