Via Press release:
As the Mayor of the City of Hazleton, the health and safety of our residents continues to be my
#1 priority. Therefore, I'd like to address some of the issues that seem to be stirring the social
To the Businesses that are the backbone of our City:
Governor Wolf has ordered the closure of all non-essential businesses.
The City can only ask businesses to voluntarily close or limit operations to
slow or prevent the spread of the virus, but enforcement is within the purview of the State and
began today at 8 a.m.
To the Citizens and Business Operators within the City:
As you are aware, as of this writing there have been two (2) positive tests for Covid-19 within our city limits. The information on these individuals is protected by HIPPA. Please refrain from
making assumptions on social media regarding people you suspect may have tested positive, as
this unnecessarily can damage someone's reputation and possibly lead to legal action. As more
people do test positive, I ask them to please follow their physicians' orders, self-quarantine, and
avoid unnecessary contact with other persons.
While we also cannot control access to our city from non-residents, I have recommended local limousines and taxicab companies not to provide shuttle services to New York and New Jersey during this time. Several companies have already voluntarily suspended service to these states.
Although the parks and playgrounds are not closed, I have decided to restrict access to public during this pandemic. The CDC has recommended no public gatherings of more than ten (10)
people and social distancing of at least six (6) feet. Therefore, I am asking the public to
voluntarily refrain from participating in team or sports activities.
Access to city hall remains limited. The public is asked to call 911 for all police matters.
Parking and Code Enforcement are accessible for related matters and have a window to protect citizens and our employees.
Please remember that construction is restricted under the Governor's Order, so only emergency
repair permits will be issued during this time. Code Enforcement is also limited to inspecting
Instead of coming to city hall, people can call the following numbers:
Police: (570) 459-4940
Code: (570) 459-4925
Parking Enforcement: (570) 459-4953
Mayor: (570) 459-4910
I will continue working tirelessly with my team to keep you informed on every measure we are
taking to protect the citizens, and employees, while providing the highest level of emergency
services. Therefore, I have directed the police to work from their patrol vehicles instead of the
police station during the Covid-19 pandemic, in an effort to provide public presence, awareness,
and accessibility to the citizens of the city.
Again, we are all in this together and I appreciate your support and cooperation as we continue to move forward.
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