DELCO ALERT - May 13, 2020

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Delco Alert - May 13, 2020

Hello, this is Mayor Barbarann Keffer with some messages for our Upper Darby Township community.

First off, I want to express my heartfelt sympathies to those who have lost a loved one to coronavirus and, in general, to everyone whose lives have been disrupted by the pandemic through financial insecurity or not being able to visit with family. We here in the township are working to deliver municipal services as well as programs to protect our residents and small business owners through the pandemic and beyond. Many thanks to our first responders and essential employees who, every day, work to keep us safe and fed.

Frequent updates about Coronavirus-related programs and services, like food distribution, mental health and grant programs can be found on the township website: upperdarby.org and the official township Facebook page: Upper Darby Township - Government. If you do not have access to the internet and need information on these programs, please call the Mayorís Request Line at 610.734.7625.

I regret to announce that all in-person Township summer camps and recreation programs are cancelled including Youth and Tot Lot programs. In light of the Stateís projections related to the COVID-19 pandemic, offering in-person summer programs would put the health and safety of our residents at risk. In addition, the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education has closed all School District facilities for the summer which limits our ability to offer in-person programming. The decision to cancel in-person summer programs was not made lightly but we must balance public health and safety against the delivery of these programs. The safety of our children and staff comes first.

Please know that I share in your disappointment and recognize the important role our summer recreation programs have in our community. We are exploring virtual options for the Township sponsored Schoener MusicMan Camp and Summer Stage. More information will be available as soon as possible.

We are adhering to the Governorís directives as to when we will re-open. It can be confusing and frustrating to see and hear mixed media messages about this and I want to thank everyone who is doing their part to help control and contain this virus.

Observing social distancing and wearing personal protection gear shows that we respect each other and are working towards the collective goal of containing the virus. And I do see many of our residents adhering to these precautions. I also see discarded gloves, masks, wipes and little doggie bags on our streets, and in our storm drains and parks. Letís all work together and contain personal protection gear and dog business in trash containers and keep our neighborhoods and parks clean, so everyone can enjoy them.

This is Mayor Barbarann Keffer reminding everyone to stay safe, stay home and if you have to go out, wear a mask and stay six feet apart. Thank you.

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