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City adds additional restrictions to emergency declaration

LOCK HAVEN – Additional restrictions were included in an amendment to Lock Haven’s emergency declaration on Monday night during city council’s regular meeting.

Among those changes include the cancellation of events in city parks and ball fields and no outdoor entertainment at the city’s Pedestrian Mall on the Main and Grove Street stage.

The additions were first put into place last Wednesday by Mayor Joel Long following an increase in COVID-19 cases which pushed the city’s zip code, 17745, in the “high risk” level – 100 per 100,000 cases or above – of exposure, according to the CDC’s guidelines.

“I took this action from the information that was available. There was no restriction where private businesses are concerned,” Long said.

The new restrictions will remain in place until the city’s infection rate falls to a level below 100 per 100,000 cases for 14 days, Gregory Wilson, city manager, told council.

The amendment was approved in a 6 to 1 vote with Councilman Douglas Byerly voting against the action.

Additionally, restrictions enacted prior to this declaration due to the city’s infection rate increasing above 50 per 100,000 – moderately high risk – will remain in place. Included among the restriction are the closures of city properties such as City Hall and the Public Works building to the public, limitation of staff working at these buildings and the number of residents permitted in city owned parks.

Those restrictions will be lifted once the city’s infection rate falls below the 50 per 100,000 cases for 14 days, Wilson said.

Additional information regarding the amendment and other items discussed at council’s meeting will be available in later editions of The Express.

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