Stay At Home Order In Effect For Montgomery County
Effective Monday, March 23, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf has issued a Stay At Home Order for Montgomery County, Bucks County, Delaware County, Chester County, Allegheny County, and Monroe County. An official copy of this order can be viewed here. The Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health has also issued a Stay At Home order that can be viewed here.
For guidance and a complete list of permissible/prohibited activities during this Stay At Home Order, please visit Governor Tom Wolf’s official list here.
What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is part of a large group of viruses classified as Coronaviruses. COVID-19 is a virus that affects the respiratory system of those infected similar to Middle East Respiratory Syndrom (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). COVID-19, MERS, and SARS are all viruses that have spread from animals to humans.
Montgomery County COVID-19 Testing Information
Montgomery County COVID-19 Drive Through Testing Information
Montgomery County has begun offering limited COVID-19 Testing beginning Satruday, March 21, 2020 at Temple University’s Ambler Campus in Upper Dublin Township: 1440 East Butler Pike, Ambler, PA 19002.
Tests will be conducted at this location from 10 AM to 6:00 PM daily by appointment only. To register for a test, click here.
Individuals who meet one or more of the following four (4) criteria will be eligible for testing at this time:
- Fever at or above 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit AND respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath; OR
- Temperature at or above 99.6 degrees Fahrenheit AND 65 years of age or older; OR
- First responder (law enforcement, fire, EMS, or dispatcher) AND concern for exposure to a patient with suspected COVID-19 OR respiratory symptoms; OR
- Healthcare worker providing direct patient care AND no available testing through employer AND concern for exposure to a patient with suspected COVID-19 OR respiratory symptoms.
- Individuals with known or suspected contact with someone who has COVID-19
- People who are recommended for testing by their physician
- Those experiencing sudden illness (fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc) or gastrointestinal issues (nausea, vomiting, diarrhea)
- Those experiencing loss of smell or taste
For more information on Montgomery County COVID-19 testing, please click here.
COVID-19 Informational Resources
The Borough of Hatboro has combined a list of resources for residents and business owners to use for accurate, up to date information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. Below you will find important websites regarding the pandemic as well as information specific to Hatboro itself.
The Borough of Hatboro strongly encourages residents and business owners to obtain any and all information for the COVID-19 pandemic from reputable sources including the Montgomery County Department of Public Safety, the Pennsylvania Department of Public Health, and the US Centers for Disease Control.
Montgomery County Department of Public Safety Site
The Montgomery County Department of Public Safety has created a great informational tool with information regarding details about the COVID-19 Virus, symptoms, active cases, and important updates regarding the pandemic in Montgomery County. To access this valuable tool and to stay up to date with the latest information regarding the COVID-19 virus, please visit: www.montcopa.org/covid-19
Montgomery County also has a COVID-19 hotline for residents to call and have questions answered about the virus. Residents can call 610-632-3000 between 7:00 AM and 8:00 PM to have their questions answered. Questions can also be emailed to the County’s COVID-19 team at COVID19@montcopa.org.
US Centers for Disease Control
The US Centers for Disease Control has information regarding the COVID-19 Pandemic throughout the United States. Up to date information regarding national cases and the national effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the CDC’s website: www.cdc.gov
Pennsylvania Department of Health
The Pennsylvania Department of Health has information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic within Pennsylvania. This website contains valuable information from Governor Tom Wolf regarding special mandates and regulations for businesses and residents. The PA Department of Health also holds frequent press conferences with pertinent updates frequently. These press conferences are disability friendly through the use of interpreters and subtitles. To visit the PA Department of Health’s website, visit: www.health.pa.gov
Hatboro COVID-19 Information
Where Can I Watch The Virtual Town Hall Meetings?
Virtual Town Hall meetings will be scheduled throughout the length of this pandemic. These forums give residents and business owners the opportunity to ask Emergency Management personnel about the ongoing pandemic in Hatboro. These meetings are live-streamed through the Borough’s Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/boroughofhatboro. Full written recaps of our Virtual Town Hall Meetings can be found below:
Will My Trash Be Collected?
Trash and recycling collection in the Borough of Hatboro is still taking place trash, recycling, and yard waste collection is taking place on a one-day per week collection schedule:
- Residents with Monday Recycling collection will have trash, recycling, and yard waste collected only on Monday.
- Residents with Tuesday Recycling collection will have trash, recycling, and yard waste collected only on Tuesday.
- Residents with Thursday Recycling collection will have trash, recycling, and yard waste collected only on Thursday.
- Residents with Friday Recycling collection will have trash, recycling, and yard waste collected only on Friday.
This collection will continue to take place unless otherwise noted. Please note, trash may be collected earlier or later than usual during this time.
Please note that bulk trash collection is not taking place.
Due to the increased amount of residents working from home, there will be a temporary waiver of the 4 trash bag/can limit for collection. We still ask that single bags do not weigh more than 50 pounds to help our staff with collection efforts.
Any questions regarding trash collection can be directed to Borough Hall at 215-443-9100.
Is Borough Hall Open During This Time?
Borough Hall will be operating on a limited hour schedule until further notice. Borough Hall will be open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM. After the offices closed, phones will still be answered until 5:00 PM each night.
We politely ask if you have a question or concern that can easily be answered via phone or email, please do not come into Borough Hall as we are attempting to practice social distancing as best we can. If you have a question or concern, please call 215-443-9100 or email Borough Manager Diane Hegele, firstname.lastname@example.org or Assistant Borough Secretary Deena DeRenzis, email@example.com.
If you have a payment for a permit, would like to arrange a bulk trash pickup, or any other transaction, many of these payments can be processed online. Please call Borough Hall for assistance.
Can I Still Make A Tax Payment?
Residents are encouraged to mail in any tax payments or, if necessary, drop payments off in the Tax Collector’s secure drop box in Borough Hall. Tax payments can also be processed online. Please visit https://myhatboro.org/tax/ for more information regarding these online tax payments.
Residents who would like a receipt for their payment, please make a note on your bill when remitting your payment to ensure a receipt is mailed.
If you have questions or concerns regarding taxes, please contact Tax Collector April Mount directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are Parks Still Open?
Effective immediately, all basketball courts and playground equipment in the Borough of Hatboro parks are closed. Please do not use or attempt to use the basketball courts or playground equipment until further notice.
Parks will remain open for residents who would like to take a walk; however, all residents choosing to walk in the parks must practice social distancing and remain at least 6 feet away from others to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
Where Can I Find Information Regarding The Hatboro Horsham School District?
The Hatboro Horsham School District is actively assessing the COVID-19 situation as it progresses. The School District has created a page for information regarding COVID-19 including important announcements, links, and Community Updates. To visit the Hatboro Horsham School District COVID-19 page, visit: https://www.hatboro-horsham.org
The School District is also actively working toward ensuring virtual learning proceeds seamlessly for students. Should you need assistance regarding any virtual learning matter, you can contact email@example.com
Will Pool Memberships Still Be On Sale April 1st?
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the sale of pool memberships will be postponed until further notice. Please stay tuned for information on when these memberships will go on sale.
Is My Business Allowed To Be Open?
Governor Tom Wolf has currently mandated the closure of all non-essential businesses. This mandate includes salons, nail salons, gyms/exercise establishments, non-essential retail, etc. The Borough of Hatboro encourages business owners that do not fall under this umbrella to use their best judgment with their operations.
Are There Any Restaurants In The Borough Open?
Restaurants throughout the Borough are currently unable to offer dine-in services; however, many are offering takeout and delivery. Please reference the flyer below for more information.
- For an official copy of Governor Wolf’s Order requiring the closure of non-essential businesses, please click here.
- Governor Tom Wolf has mandated that all non-essential businesses within Pennsylvania close effective immediately. To find out if your business qualifies as non-essential, please visit the official list here.
- If you believe your business is essential and should remain open at this time, you can request a waiver from this mandate here.
- For frequently asked questions regarding life-sustaining businesses, please visit the official Governor’s FAQ list here.
- The PA Department of Community and Economic Development has created a website with tools and resources for local businesses to utilize during this time. We strongly encourage business owners to visit this website here.