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A Note From Daylin

Healthcare professionals, police, fire and other first responders, and employees of the township's Public Works Department are invited to drop by the Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton today to grab a free meal or snack. Aardvark Mobile Tours will have two of their food trucks setup on site and outside pick-up will be available from 11am-3pm. They'll be serving hot dogs, chips, pretzels, various desserts, soda and water.

I'd like to give a huge thank you to all the sponsors and organizers who have made this possible. Last week, Aardvark came to our office with this generous and thoughtful idea to give back to those healthcare workers and emergency personnel on the front lines and I wanted to do anything I could to help organize. Since then, Dietz & Watson, Philly Pretzel Factory, Herr's Snacks, Bimbo Bakeries USA and Ardmore Toyota have generously offered all food, supplies and use of equipment free of charge. It’s been inspiring to work with so many local companies and small businesses eager to step up and give back to those working so hard to keep us safe.

Every Pennsylvanian has a role in stopping the spread of COVID-19, or the coronavirus. What we all do the next few weeks will be crucial. It’s more important now than ever that everyone continue adhering to Pennsylvania’s stay-at-home guidelines and practice safe social distancing.

Individuals are allowed to leave their residence to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

  • Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies or obtaining supplies they need to work from home
  • Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves or other household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences
  • Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking or running if they maintain social distancing
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household
  • Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons
  • Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth

Governor Wolf recently announced that all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. This decision applies to all public K-12 schools, brick and mortar and cyber charter schools, private and parochial schools, career and technical centers and intermediate units. Colleges and universities may not resume in-person instruction or reopen their physical locations until the governor permits them to open or lifts the closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.

We understand that many of these steps have been difficult and are inconvenient to us and others, but we simply must continue to do all we can to flatten the curve. By taking these difficult but manageable steps now, we can hopefully avoid the worst outcome later.

Even though our office is closed we are still available to help in any way we can. You can still call us, and your call will be re-routed to me or my staff. Always feel free to contact me at senatorleach@pasenate.com or 610.768.4200 with questions and/or concerns.

Stay safe!

Daylin

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State Emergency Registry of Volunteers in Pennsylvania

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Have you lost your job due to COVID-19 related business closures? Employers across the state are in need of hiring thousands of critical roles. A new job portal can be accessed by visiting PAcareerlink.pa.gov and clicking on the green banner that reads "PA COVID-19 Jobs — Hiring Immediately." Those interested in applying can do so directly from the website.

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Local Service Providers

Offices of State Senator Daylin Leach

www.senatorleach.com
  DISTRICT OFFICE
601 S. Henderson Road, Suite 208
King of Prussia, PA 19406
(610) 768-4200 | Fax: (610) 768-4204
Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
HARRISBURG OFFICE
543 Main Capitol | Box 203017
Harrisburg, PA 17120-3017
(717) 787-5544 | Fax: (717) 705-7741
Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.