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Jun 17

Tips for Residents for Reopening

Posted to Newsletter Articles on June 17, 2020 at 1:21 PM by Linda Rooney

b1efa1a5-eed4-46b6-996c-a36ff06fc905 On June 5th, Delaware County transitioned to the yellow phase of reopening. According to Pennsylvania's official process for reopening,the yellow phase lifts the most severe restrictions, including the stay at home order. However, other mitigation efforts remain in place as more of the economy begins to reopen. Restrictions are adjusted as necessary based on public health indicators. 


After a county transitions to the yellow phase, that county will be closely monitored for increased risk (such as significant outbreaks). If overall risk remains mitigated for fourteen days, the county will transition to the green phase. The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay at home and business closure orders, and allows the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. 


According to Delaware County, residents are urged during the yellow phase to adhere to the same guidance we have followed all along, including social distancing and wearing a mask. “Some, in their eagerness to return to normalcy, may begin to disregard the guidance. Many may want to gather with their friends and family at barbeques and pools this Memorial Day weekend,” said Delaware County Councilman Kevin Madden. “Now is not the time to let our guards down. We are urging residents to stay the course so we can reach and stay in the yellow phase and then reach the green phase as quickly as possible.” 

 

In addition, Delaware County has announced the formation of the ReOpen Delco Task Force. The task force, composed of business leaders and community stakeholders, will be working to help Delaware County businesses, organizations, and residents navigate the safe transition into the yellow phase and eventually the green phase. The website provides resources for businesses and residents about the yellow phase of reopening. 

 

When individuals must leave their place of residence in connection with allowable individual activities, allowable essential travel, or by virtue of exemption from this policy, the Department of Health strongly encourages individuals to abide by the following social distancing requirements: 
  • Maintain a distance of at least six feet from other individuals; Issued 05-27-2020
  • Wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds as frequently as possible, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a sleeve or elbow, not hands. Do not shake hands.
  • Regularly clean high-contact surface areas
  • When sick, stay at home.
Follow all guidance on gathering sizes applicable in yellow and green phase counties
It is important with reopening that health and CDC guidelines are still followed in order to continue with the following phases. The safest move for most people is still to stay home as much as possible, but if you do go out, there are ways to reduce the risks and continue to protect yourself and others. 

 

 


May 21

Animal Rescue in the Age of the Coronavirus

Posted to Newsletter Articles on May 21, 2020 at 9:11 AM by Linda Rooney

Animal Friends of LansdowneWhile each of our lives have been turned upside down these past few months, the need for animal rescue still remains strong. The required suspension of "non-essential" veterinary procedures, such as spaying and neutering, have surely impacted our normal animal rescue activities.

Veterinary clinics have now been given the go-ahead to resume these elective procedures. This means that we can move forward with individual TNR (Trap-Neuter-Return) and rescue activities in Lansdowne. If you are currently feeding a community cat and would like to explore TNR options, please don’t hesitate to reach out to AFL at info@animalfriendsoflansdowne.org or 484-463-1277.

As a reminder, we’re always in need of fosters for friendly community cats and kittens that are adoptable. Visit animalfriendsoflansdowne.org/foster to learn more. We at Animal Friends of Lansdowne are doing what we can to keep our fosters, adopters, volunteers and our animals safe. We’re working to make many of our procedures virtual, such as home visits, in order to continue our efforts to find forever homes for the animals in our care.

We are still looking at plans for a borough-wide, zoned TNR initiative. However, current circumstances are not conducive to a large community initiative. We are grateful to be able to offer our normal TNR options in the meantime.

Keeping hugging your furry friends tight and remember that they are wonderful stress-relievers!

P.S. If you’re a fan of our annual yard sale, keep an eye out on our Facebook page (facebook.com/animalfriendsoflansdowne/) for a special opportunity!


May 18

Tips for Social Distancing

Posted to Newsletter Articles on May 18, 2020 at 4:17 PM by Linda Rooney

Tips for Social Distancing Outdoors This spring, many residents are engaging in outdoor activities during these times as physical activity can provide immediate mental and physical benefits. Going for a walk, run, or bike ride in your neighborhood can be a good way to be active, as long as you can safely maintain distance between yourself and other active neighbors. If you decide to go to a nearby park or community space, first check for closures or restrictions. Then consider the number of other people who might be there and if you’d be able to ensure enough space — at least 6 feet — between yourself and others. 


Be sure to follow these tips while outdoors:

  • If you do go outdoors to exercise, wear a cloth face covering or a mask. Delaware County Councilwoman Elaine Paul Schaefer spoke of how she runs with a mask, even though it's not ideal. "The notion and the purpose of wearing masks is that by wearing a mask, I am protecting you from my droplets and by wearing a mask, you are protecting me from your droplets," she said. "So, it's really an act of protecting each other in this community. It's not so much [about] keeping yourself safe by wearing this mask."

  • If you have a yard, gardening is a great way to stay active and help you meet  physical activity guidelines.

  • The safest way to be active outdoors is to stick with members of your household or go solo. If you’re meeting up with someone who isn’t in your household, make sure to avoid all physical contact and keep at least 6 feet of space between you at all times.

  • The CDC recommends that visitors do not use playgrounds, including water playgrounds, within public spaces and parks. 

  • Parks can help make it easier to keep your distance from others, but not if they’re too crowded. Make sure you look for outdoor spaces that are empty enough for you to keep your distance from others: avoid crowded parking lots and trailheads, use the bathroom before your visit, bring a bag to keep your trash in during your visit, take your trash home with you as there is limited staff to empty park trash cans, and clean up after pets and carry the bags with you out of the park

As the weather begins to get warmer, it is important to remember that social distancing guidelines are still in place. If you can distance yourself from others outside — and it’s allowed under local guidance — take a walk, run, or bike ride in a quiet neighborhood, or hike on a trail away from others to relieve some stress and enjoy the great outdoors.

Click here to read more on how to stay active during these times, or read up on the DCNR’s recommendations for outdoor activities.