The HPCC March 2020 newsletter is now available!
IN THIS ISSUE:
- A Letter from the President
- The Primaries
- February Meeting Minutes
- Recycle This
- The Urban Gardener
- Around St. Andrew’s
City of Pittsburgh Announces
Operational Changes Due to COVID-19
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 16, 2020) The City of Pittsburgh will continue to deliver essential City services to residents throughout the response to the COVID-19 pandemic, though starting today some services will be curtailed to protect employee and resident health..
Beginning at noon today non-emergency City offices and facilities will be closed to the public until further notice, though operations will continue through teleworking by eligible employees.
“We will provide continuous operations throughout this crisis. City government never shuts down and public services will be offered continuously throughout this pandemic,” Mayor William Peduto said.
The following services and offices will remain operational:
The following facilities and operations will be closed until further notice:
All City of Pittsburgh employees will continue to be paid, and their work schedules will be overseen by their department supervisors.
Note on refuse: While curbside trash and recycling will still be collected, if the waste is not picked up on your normal collection day please leave it at the curb and do not call 311. It will be picked up later.
Please help protect the front line workers who are protecting you from spreading diseases by:
Note on Senior and Recreation centers: Grab-and-go meals may be distributed from a small network of these centers in coming days, but those services have not yet been finalized. Further announcements will be made regarding food access when plans are ready.
Note on those experiencing homelessness: In the interest of preventing needless harm to our neighbors living outside, the city is working with our longtime homeless services partner, Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net (OSN), to coordinate all camp engagements. During this time of increased vulnerability for those who are homeless, camps should not be entered by anyone except those determined to be providing life-sustaining care. Please call OSN at 412-232-5739, ext. 4 or text street outreach team lead Dan Palka at 412-589-2894 with any inquiries regarding collaboration or support. We appreciate your cooperation and commitment to people’s wellbeing.
Allegheny County released a helpful guide to their services during this time, including mental health and human services.
More announcements on City response to COVID-19 will be released as necessary.
PITTSBURGH, PA (March 13, 2020) Mayor William Peduto today declared a State of Emergency in the City of Pittsburgh and signed an Executive Order prohibiting all public gatherings of more than 250 people, effective 9 a.m. Monday.
“As the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, we have learned one great lesson: that by taking decisive action early on, we can slow the spread of the disease and save untold numbers of lives,” Mayor Peduto said. “I am making this announcement now so our residents can further plan for the impacts COVID-19 will have on them and their families, most likely for weeks to come.”
The announcement comes as Pittsburgh Public Schools – and all K-12 schools statewide – have been ordered closed by Governor Wolf beginning Monday, March 16.
The City is working with nonprofit partners and the Pittsburgh Public Schools to provide food options for city schoolchildren while the schools are closed.
The State of Emergency allows the Mayor to adopt precautionary measures to mitigate expected effects of public health disasters. Those measures may include:
- Cancelling or limiting large gatherings
- Cancelling or limiting events or gatherings that require City permits
- Encouraging the use of social distancing to lessen exposure and transmission of disease
- Cancelling or limiting some City services
- Cancelling or limiting public and private activities that could increase exposure or transmission of disease
The Executive Order separately prohibits all gatherings of more than 250 people in the City, starting at 9 a.m. March 16.
The State of Emergency will be for an initial term of seven days and be subject to ratification and renewals by Pittsburgh City Council.
The City is also working with UPMC, Allegheny Health Network on expanded testing capacity, hospital needs and support for Public Safety personnel.
Today’s action follows other steps the City and its partners have lately made to protect and support residents and businesses due to COVID-19. They include:
- The City banned all City government-affiliated meetings of more than 50 people, and business-related travel by City employees
- The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority extended its shut-off moratorium until May 31 and waived income qualification criteria. Pennsylvania American Water has also ceased shut-offs
- The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh extended assistance to Pittsburgh small businesses
- The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh suspended all evictions except for those with serious public safety implications
- Columbia Gas, Duquesne Light and Peoples Gas have suspended service shut-offs until at least May 1
As Public Safety has noted, it will be strictly enforcing all occupancy permits this weekend.
The Executive Order will suspend all court cases by Department of Permits, Licenses and Inspections PLI, Mobility and Infrastructure, and Public Works except for life-safety circumstances.
Beginning Monday, all City of Pittsburgh employees with school-age children will be allowed to tele-work if possible. Those who cannot tele-work may bring their children to the office.
The City continues to advise residents to wash hands, clean regularly used surfaces, and not to go to work or other public spaces if sick.