State of Emergency Declaration



As of 12 a.m. on March 17, 2020, in consultation with the County of Lancaster, the City of Lancaster has declared a State of Emergency as we plan for the local and regional presence of the COVID-19 virus, known as coronavirus.


This action follows those of the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the President of the United States and is the result of ongoing collaboration and consultation between the mayor’s office, City administrative departments, School District of Lancaster, County of Lancaster and other local and state health and emergency management officials. A state of emergency has been deemed necessary to ensure the continuation of essential services to our residents during this public health emergency. Declaring a state of emergency is a grave act and affords the City more flexibility to act quickly outside of time-consuming procedures and formalities and provides a pathway for possible support from the federal government.


In accordance with Governor Wolf’s Emergency Declaration on Monday, we strongly urge all non-essential businesses to close as directed. The governor required restaurants to close dine-in services. Restaurants may remain open for carry-out and delivery orders. This action protects employees, customers, and suppliers and limits the spread of the virus.


Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.


It is also advised that places of worship, social organizations, clubs and nonprofit entities limit person to person contact and provide for social distancing.


We do not take this step lightly. As public servants we will do everything in our power to provide essential services for the public good of our City residents.  We regret having to close or limit services normally provided. Our Emergency Management team will continue to monitor the public health emergency closely and is prepared respond to any contingencies that arise.


The City will provide residents with updates daily, though social media and the City website:


We ask Lancaster residents to comply with the many requests to stay home, follow recommendations for social distancing and slow the spread of this virus. We are grateful for the network of caring individuals, businesses and organizations that make Lancaster such a unique and hospitable place. We know that as a community we will rise to this challenge, together.

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