Lebanon County added to coronavirus stay-at-home order

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Lebanon will become the latest county to be placed under a stay-at-home order. 

Most other counties in central Pennsylvania, including Berks, Dauphin, Schuylkill, York and Lancaster counties, were placed under the order previously, briefly leaving Lebanon surrounded on all sides by counties under the order.

The stay-at-home order goes into effect at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31 and is in effect until April 30, according to the governor’s office. 

There are now 33 counties under the order, and Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Franklin, Lawrence and Somerset counties were also added on Tuesday. All previous stay-at-home-orders were extended to April 30 yesterday. 

 Residents are only supposed to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as to seek medical treatment or go grocery shopping while the order is in effect. Public health officials have urged people to practice social distancing – or limit contact with anyone outside of one’s home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

There were 28 cases of COVID-19 in Lebanon County as of Tuesday. There are over 4,843 cases statewide. 

According to a news release, law enforcement will focus on informing residents of the order and social distancing practices rather than enforcement. 

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What is allowed under this order?

While residents are encouraged to stay at home unless it is necessary for them to leave, people can still travel for work or other essential business. 

Here are other approved activities:

  • Activities essential to maintaining health and safety (obtaining medicine, getting healthcare, obtaining supplies to work from home)
  • Obtaining or delivering essential supplies or services, such as buying food, household products and other essential supplies. 
  • Volunteer efforts to distribute meals, other life-sustaining services
  • Outdoor activity where social distancing can be maintained, such as walking, hiking or running. 
  • Working in life-sustaining businesses
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household. 

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What sort of travel is allowed

  • Any travel related to the allowed activities listed above
  • Caring for elderly, minors, dependents or other vulnerable people or people with disabilities.
  • Travel required by law. 
  • Travel to or from educational institutions to receive meals, services or materials to learn from home. 
  • Travel returning to a residence.

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What else is exempt?

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