LINK TO THE NORRISTOWN CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE HUB
July 1 UPDATE: Masks must be worn at all times whenever you leave your house.
Montgomery County went to GREEN on June 26. Please see the county’s website for reopening guidance.
As of July 1, Montgomery County is reporting 8,369 Coronavirus COVID-19 cases in Montgomery County, including 800 deaths from the virus, with 1,071 cases and 55 deaths in Norristown. Please refer to the CDC’s website for daily updates about the virus as it pertains to symptoms, treatment and travel information. All of this can be found on their website at c0dc.gov/coronavirus/20… En español aquí: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index-sp.html
For information at the state/local level, the PA Department of Health can be accessed here: https://www.health.pa.gov/Pages/default.aspx
It is important to take proactive steps to protect yourself by simple means like washing your hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds, covering your cough/sneeze, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces, and staying home if you are not feeling well.
A new walk-up testing site will open in Norristown on July 6 (more details TK). Pre-registration for tests will be available here.
Urgent Care in East Norriton will provide for testing for those with insurance ($90 test plus lab fees for uninsured). More info at at Urgent Care’s website.
Do you work in a life-sustaining business? Check out this list (updated March 31) from Gov. Tom Wolf’s office detailing over 100 hundred types of businesses and jobs that have been deemed life sustaining. You can file a waiver with the state to keep your business’s physical location open here: https://expressforms.pa.gov/apps/pa/DCED/Waiver-process-keeping-physical-locations-open.
What about unemployment? Please see the state’s Unemployment Compensation website about filing a claim and if you qualify to do so: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/UC-COVID19-FAQs.aspx?fbclid=IwAR3WYHIu7Ueez4CMVywhCGFN7zZzg_R8NfRpd-51s9UgYiK8YHdOQo6VJNU
What about evictions and forclosures? Through May 11, the PA Supreme Court has ordered a hold on any foreclosures or evictions. Legal Aid of Southeastern PA has provided a list of resources and information about staying in your home during this pandemic.
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Montgomery County has established communication tools to answer your questions about COVID-19. You can call 610-631-3000 (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.) or email COVID19@montcopa.org. Go to http://www.montcopa.org/COVID-19 for local information and to see what communities are affected.
The Pennsylvania Department of Health is tracking the outbreak throughout the state and can be viewed here. The department can be reached at 1-800-724-3258.
A disaster declaration for the Municipality of Norristown was issued on March 16 and will be in effect indefinitely. This is a proactive action being taken so the municipality can get access to the resources and tools it needs to keep residents safe.
Municipal Hall will reopen to the public on July 1.
Meeting may continue in person starting July 1, but may still be held on virtual playforms at council’s discretion. Meeting access information will be posted before each meeting.The meeting agenda with public participation information will be posted on our website the Friday before the meeting. Meetings will still be conducted on the first and third Tuesday of every month unless otherwise noted.
Starting May 1, permitted construction work may resume in Norristown. Workers at job sites are asked to respect workspace guidance established by the state. The Codes department will be out to ensure that safe working standards adhere to guidance; if not, citations may be issued. Rental Inspections; property transfer inspections; non-emergency housing complaints; and scheduled non-emergency inspections with the fire department have all been suspended until further notice. Please call 610-270-0441 or email email@example.com if you have any questions.
NOTICE: The discount period to pay your municipal real estate taxes will be extended to May 31. Taxes are due by Dec. 31. As of March 18, payment of bills or tickets will not be done at the finance office. Full payment of the face value of your tax bill is extended to Dec. 31. Payment should be made with a cashier’s check, money order or personal check and dropped off at the mail slot at the front of the Municipal Hall entrance during regular business hours (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.). Cash will not be accepted! Payments can be processed over the phone. Call 610-270-0426 if you have any questions.
Business Privilege Taxes: The deadline to file 2019 final/2020 estimated Business Privilege Tax return and payment has been extended to July 15. The extension does not apply to delinquent taxes.
Street sweeping resumed on July 1, but tickets for street sweeping violations will not issue until July 6.
The Norristown Recreation Center and parks reopened on July 1. The Rec Center will be open from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. M-F and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Building occupancy will be limited to 50 percent normal capacity.
Parks will be open with social distancing guidelines in place.
Weekly trash and recycling collections will continue.
Service has been restored to most lines in the SEPTA system as of June 20. More information at http://septa.org/
MUNICIPAL EVENT CANCELLATIONS:
Fourth of July activities have been canceled. A virtual July 4 celebration is being coordinated online. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to participate.
SCHOOLS AND RECREATION
Elmwood Park Zoo
Open, but reserved ticketing is required. www.elmwoodparkzoo.org.
Montgomery County- Norristown Public Library
Curbside pickup of materials is available. Some virtual resources are available to cardholders at www.mc-npl.org. All programs are canceled until further notice.
PAW restores water service to customers
Pennsylvania American Water announced that it is putting a moratorium on service shut offs and reinstating service to previously shut-off customers. More information can be found at amwater.com.
PECO is suspending service disconnections and waiving new late payment charges through at least May 1, 2020. In addition, PECO will continue to remind customers of existing bill assistance resources and energy assistance programs to support them through temporary or extended financial hardship. Go here for more information: PECO expands customer assistance programs