WBCB 1490 is offering a comprehensive, community driven list of closures and cancellations in Bucks due to coronavirus here.
Bucks County joins Montgomery in following a strict mitigation policy set in place by Governor Tom Wolf. The executive order affects almost every facet of daily life, and now extends to restaurants.
All schools, community centers, gyms and entertainment venues must close for the next two weeks.
Restaurants and bars must also close their dine-in services starting Monday. Previously, locations like the Continental Tavern in Yardley were planning to implement a plan to keep tables at least six feet apart. This plan is no longer allowed.
The state has also recommended that correctional facilities and nursing homes should ban visitation. Officials also want residents to take personal responsibility and limit non-essential travel.
“There is no need to panic,” said Bucks County Commissioner Gene DiGirolamo Saturday. “We’re going to get through this, and we’re going to get through this together if we all just use common sense and if we all look out for one another.”
Parx Casino is joining the shutdown. Owner Greenwood Gaming & Entertainment, Inc. has promised to pay all employees.
“We are taking this action as responsible business leaders within the Bensalem community and as one of the largest employers in Bucks County.”
While non-essential businesses are urged to close, Wolf has said all supermarkets and gas stations should stay open.
The new policy implementation for Bucks comes as other counties in the Philadelphia region face the same closures. Delaware and Chester Counties are also under the mitigation order, and officials in Allegheny County continue to institute voluntary policies.
There are four cases of COVID-19 in Bucks as of Sunday. Bucks Director of Health Dr. David Damkser continues to point to a lack of community spread.
“If you can protect the elderly, the death rate from this virus will be way, way down,” Damsker said. “And elderly folks in Bucks County are the ones who may want to think twice about going out to any gathering, just to protect themselves.”