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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

    • LAST UPDATE TO PAGE: AUGUST 20, 2020 – 9:15 AM (LOCAL TIME)

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport (AVP) will provide current information here in response to questions and concerns about the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on travel in/out of AVP.

AVP is open and operating as essential critical infrastructure within the transportation systems sector.

But, please, do not travel if you think you are sick.

(Please scroll to the bottom of this page for some answers to frequently asked questions about traveling now.)

By Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Requiring Universal Face Coverings (effective July 1, 2020)

Accordingly, on this date, April 15, 2020 (and now updated July 1, 2020), to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19, it has been hereby ordered:

  • to require all customers to wear masks while on the premises, and deny entry to individuals not wearing masks
  • to prohibit non-essential visitors from entering the premises of the business

This order is intended to be read in concert with my Order Relating to Public Health Safety Measures for Businesses Permitted to Maintain In-Person Operations, dated April 15, 2020, and with the Governor’s and my Orders for the Continued Reopening of the Commonwealth, dated May 27, 2020.

This Order is effective immediately and will remain in effect until further notice.

Rachel Levine, MD

Secretary of Health

AVP Summary on the Directive above:

    • to require all customers to wear masks while on the premises, and deny entry to individuals not wearing masks.
    • At this time, ALL PASSENGERS and VISITORS are required to wear face coverings if they are:
      • in any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted (including the Terminal Building)
      • outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet (6′) from individuals who are not members of their household
      • waiting for, riding on, driving, or operating public transportation or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle
    • At this time, ALL EMPLOYEES are required to wear face coverings if they are:
      • in any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted
      • engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site, when interacting in-person with any member of the public, working in any space visited by members of the public, working in any space where food is prepared or packaged for sale or distribution of others, working in or walking through common areas, or in any room or enclosed area where other people, except for members of the person’s own household or residence, are present when unable to physically distance
    • to prohibit non-essential visitors from entering the premises of the business
      • At this time, it is strongly encouraged that anyone from the public who is not an airline passenger, picking-up/dropping off a rental car, or delivery personnel are NOT to enter the Joseph M. McDade Terminal Building.
    • Exceptions:
      • The following are exceptions to the face covering requirement:
        • Individuals who cannot wear a mask due to a medical condition
        • Individuals for whom wearing a mask while working would create an unsafe condition in which to operate equipment or execute a task as determined by local, state or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines
        • Individuals who would be unable to remove a mask without assistance
        • Individuals who are under two (2) years of age
        • Individuals who are communicating or seeking to communicate with someone who is hearing-impaired or has another disability, where the ability to see the mouth is essential for communication
      • Individuals are not required to show documentation that an exception applies.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

 

If you are traveling, you should know that AVP Management’s highest priority is – and always has been – the safety and security of everyone at the Airport and their families, whether it’s on the airfield or for the health and well-being of passengers and employees in the Terminal Building. During this pandemic, AVP Management is in contact with: Emergency Medical Services of Northeastern Pennsylvania; the Lackawanna County AND Luzerne County Emergency Management Agencies; the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency; the Pennsylvania Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our airline partners, as well as Airport industry leaders, and is ready to respond to recommendations.

The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) provides COVID-19 updates through this link:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is also providing COVID-19 updates to air travelers and the American public through this link: 

 

Message from the Executive Director (last update: March 31, 2020)

March 31, 2020
Carl R. Beardsley, Jr.
AVP Executive Director

COVID-19 is impacting all of us.

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton International Airport, like other airports, is feeling its impacts every day and in every way.

Our continued hope is that employees, family members and the traveling public follow the guidance of health professionals to help overcome the effects of this terrible virus.

As an airport, AVP’s team, including maintenance, airline employees, car rental staff and others, is working diligently to ensure our facilities and aircraft s are thoroughly clean and sanitized.

Airlines, airports and officials across the country are in collaboration with one another to help address this situation to the best of everyone’s abilities – and as quickly as possible.

Ridership here is down and passenger load factors have shrunk significantly – almost by 80% since January. Yet, we remain fully operational.

All of us will be working with business travelers and vacationers to help recreate the demand that existed prior to the Coronavirus outbreak whenever the outbreak ends.

Our board of directors, staff and everyone associated with the airport deserves great credit for continuing to serve the needs of our community. This has truly been amazing.

We’ll keep our partners updated with information about AVP through postings on this site and other communication venues to ensure that everyone has the details they need on our operations.

Stay safe and thank you for your partnership with AVP.

AVP Airline Schedules/Updates (last update: August 20, 2020)

While there are no current travel restrictions to or from any nonstop destination served by airlines at AVP, COVID-19 concerns have severely impacted all air service and airlines are moving quickly to cancel flights and re-adjust schedules. See the status of today’s flights at AVP here.

In Pennsylvania, and under U.S. federal mandate, airports are essential services that remain open and exempt from stay-at-home (or shelter in place) orders. Anyone traveling to use essential services is permitted to do so unless they are sick. Within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s current “Stay-at-Home” executive order, which was issued by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, airports and airlines are exempt as essential services that are to stay open and operational. But, please, while at the Airport, we ask all to follow guidelines to maintain the recommended social distancing from others.

Airlines are now requiring flight crews and passengers to wear face masks (or appropriate face coverings) while on board aircraft. The requirement took effect Monday, May 4, for Delta and United, and took effect Monday, May 11, for American. Passengers are asked to wear their own face masks, however, United (at AVP) has limited supplies for their passengers who don’t have their own.

If you need to travel soon or are making plans for future travel, the information below is a summary of flight schedule adjustments being made by the airlines at AVP. AVP Management will update this frequently as we learn of changes, so please check back and understand it is subject to change. We will try our best to keep this page updated often, however, please understand that there are changes being made daily, and in some cases, hourly, when pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks for your patience and understanding as we all cope with this global pandemic together.

(Click on an airline name to see information from that airline regarding COVID-19. If a date is not included in the information, then it is current and planned for the foreseeable future.)

  • Charlotte:
    • Currently, there are 4 departing flights and 4 arriving flights on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as 3 departing flights and 3 arriving flights on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
    • Effective September 10, the schedule will increase to 4 departing flights and 4 arriving flights daily.
    • Effective October 7, the schedule is anticipated to increase to 5 departing flights and 5 arriving flights daily.
  • Chicago O’Hare:
    • Nonstop flights will be temporarily suspended.
    • Effective September 9, the schedule will return with 2 departing flights and 2 arriving flights on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, as well as 1 departing flight and 1 arriving flight on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
    • Effective October 7, the schedule is anticipated to increase to 2 departing flights and 2 arriving flights daily.
  • Philadelphia:
    • Nonstop flights are currently suspended.

Counter hours at AVP: 4:30 AM to 8:00 PM (Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays). Counters hours on Tuesdays and Saturdays have been temporarily changed to 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

American Airlines now requires all customers traveling to wear a face covering (or mask) while on board the aircraft. This new requirement (which became effective May 11, 2020) is part of the airline’s ongoing commitment to prioritizing customer and team member well-being in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. For more information from this news release, click here.

  • Atlanta:
    • Nonstop flights are currently suspended.
  • Detroit:
    • Nonstop flights are currently suspended.

There are NO counter hours at AVP at this time.

  • Chicago O’Hare:
    • Currently, there are 2 departing flights and 2 arriving flights daily.
    • Effective September 2, the schedule will be 2 departing flights and 2 arriving flights on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, as well as 1 departing flight and 1 arriving flight on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
    • Effective October 1, the schedule is anticipated to increase to 2 departing flights and 2 arriving flights on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays, as well as 1 departing flight and 1 arriving flight on Saturdays.
  • Washington-Dulles:
    • Nonstop flights are currently suspended through September 30.
    • Effective October 1, the schedule is anticipated to return with 2-3 departing and 2-3 arriving flights daily.

Counter hours at AVP have been temporarily changed to 5:00 AM to 8:00 AM daily. For questions regarding United flights at AVP, call 570-457-3403, option “4” for operations. 

United Air Lines now requires all customers traveling to wear a face covering (or mask) while on board the aircraft. In addition (at AVP), United will have a limited stock of masks for their passenger use only, in the event someone did not bring a mask. This requirement became effective May 4, 2020.

For future planning with any flights at AVP, check the current flight schedules to/from AVP and any destination by clicking here.

Concessions/Amenities at AVP (last update August 20, 2020)

In response to reduced passenger activity and public health recommendations on social distancing, temporary changes have been implemented at AVP. Some food concessions and novelties in the Terminal Building remain open, but their hours are temporarily being changed.

  • Dunkin’ Donuts is open daily between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM, as well as 12:00 PM and 5:15 PM. Dunkin’ will operate with a limited menu.
  • In addition, Northeast PA News and Gift is open daily between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 AM, as well as 12:00 PM and 5:15 PM.
  • Lucky’s Craft Food & Drink is open daily between the hours of 12:00 PM and 5:15 PM. Lucky’s will operate with a limited menu. From the PA Governor’s Office and PA Department of Health: effective July 16, 2020, bar service is prohibited. However, alcohol can be served for on-premises consumption when in the same transaction as a meal. 
  • The Tipsy Turtle Airport Pub, which is adjacent to the Best Western Plus Hotel, is open. Temporary hours are Monday-Thursday, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM, and Friday-Sunday, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM. For additional information, click here.
  • The AVP Administration Offices are closed to any public visitors. Management and administration employees can be reached by email or phone. The main phone number is (570) 602-2000.
  • Passenger assistance provided by AVP Airport Ambassadors has been suspended until further notice.
  • The AVP (Red) tails Pet Therapy Program had been suspended through May 31, 2020.
  • The Military Appreciation Room is closed until further notice.
  • Regarding Car Rental Agencies at AVP, the following reduced counter hours are in place:
    • Avis/Budget: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Monday-Friday), and 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Saturday-Sunday).
    • National/Enterprise: 10:00 AM to 10:30 PM (daily).
    • Hertz/Dollar: 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM (Sunday-Friday), and 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Saturday).
  • Public Parking Garage & Parking Lots: Cash will no longer be accepted until further notice. Credit card payments ONLY.

AVP’s Cleaning Precautions (last update: April 29, 2020)

At AVP, our custodial / matron / maintenance team takes great pride in maintaining the Airport, especially the Joseph M. McDade Terminal Building, to the highest standards. We know this is no time to waiver from those high standards. The following are some of the precautions Team AVP is taking for the safety of our passengers and employees.

  • Increased frequency of cleaning and monitoring of restrooms and “high-touch” areas (handrails, armrests, etc.) with CDC-approved disinfectants that are designed to kill bacteria/viruses within one (1) minute of application.
  • Restrooms are being cleaned and sanitized multiple times throughout the day, and continuously being cleaned and sanitized overnight.
  • Assuring soap-and-water (the preferred method for washing hands) is maintained in restrooms.
  • Waiting areas are being cleaned and sanitized multiple times throughout the day, and continuously being cleaned and sanitized overnight.
  • Multiple hand sanitizer dispensers are in place throughout the Terminal Building. These dispensers have a 70% alcohol-based product.

Key Changes at AVP (last update: July 16, 2020)

Key changes have been made in different areas of the Terminal Building, including our tenants:

  • Face masks are required for all Airport Employees in public areas; all travelers and any guests are strongly encouraged to wear them, as well.
  • Plexiglass or plastic shields have been installed at the following counters in the Terminal Building:
    • American Airlines
    • Delta Air Lines
    • United Airlines
    • Avis/Budget Car Rentals
    • Hertz/Dollar Car Rentals
    • National/Enterprise Car Rentals
    • Dunkin’ Donuts
    • TSA Checkpoint (podiums)
    • Administration Office (reception area)
  • Social distancing markers and signs throughout the Terminal Building will give some guidance on the six foot (6′) social distancing rule. Markers are currently located at all airline and car rental ticket counters, as well as Dunkin’ Donuts and Northeast PA News & Gift, and the TSA Security Checkpoint. Signage is throughout the Terminal Building, including all entrances and elevators.
  • Seating has been reduced in different areas of the Terminal Building to promote social distancing, including pre-security areas, gate areas and Lucky’s Craft Food & Drink/Dunkin’ Donuts. Some seats in the gate areas are also blocked off, while others have been spaced further apart.

Personal Precautions (last update: April 29, 2020)

These precautions from the CDC have been shared with AVP employees and is considered recommended advice for all:

  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. (Alternatively, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available.) 
  • Try to social distance yourself by staying at least six feet (6’) away from all individuals.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze, or blow your nose, with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a disinfectant cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Stay home if you are sick.
  • People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported – ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus. People with these symptoms may have COVID-19:
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath

or at least two of these symptoms: fever; chills; repeated shaking with chills; muscle pain; headache; sore throat; new loss of taste or smell  

  • If you have any of these emergency warning signs* for COVID-19, get medical attention immediately:
    • Trouble breathing
    • Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
    • New confusion or inability to arouse
    • Bluish lips or face

* This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your medical provider for any other symptoms that are severe or concerning to you.

Call 9-1-1 if you have a medical emergency: Notify the operator that you have, or think you might have, COVID-19. If possible, put on a cloth face covering before medical help arrives.

COVID-19 Travel FAQs (last update: June 11, 2020)

If I am traveling by air to Pennsylvania, do I need to self-quarantine upon arriving?

At this time, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has NO executive order in place which requires passengers arriving into any Pennsylvania airport from any area with substantial community spread of COVID-19, to immediately isolate or self-quarantine themselves for 14 days.

What should I do if have a flight today, or in the next 24 hours?

Generally, do as you always would have done. Check-in for your flight remotely if you can and have your boarding passes either on your mobile device or printed when you arrive at the airport to reduce person-to-person contact. (It is still possible to check-in at the airport, if necessary.) Bring a cloth face covering to wear (they are now strongly recommended to be worn in the terminal, and required at ticket counters and on flights), along with disinfectant wipes and/or hand sanitizer for yourself.  (The TSA is temporarily allowing carry-on hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces, but they must be screened separately). When you arrive at AVP, you will see we have added signs and floor markers as reminders to practice safe distancing, especially in queues for ticket counters and the TSA checkpoint. You can check the current status of today’s flights at AVP here.

What’s going on with future flights?

Airlines are adjusting their schedules to reflect changing passenger demand. If you are booking a future flight, you will not be able to buy a ticket on a flight that has been removed from the schedule. In some cases, a removed flight may appear on the schedule but will show as “Unavailable” or “Sold Out”. If you previously booked a flight that has since been taken out of the schedule, the airline will contact you by your preferred contact method (phone, text or email) to offer choices to rebook on another flight, receive a credit for a future flight, or, in some cases, receive a refund. You can check the airline flight schedules at AVP here.

I’m worried about booking a flight. What if something happens to me?

Airlines have relaxed their requirements, even on discounted non-refundable fares, to allow changes to reservations and apply the value of the ticket for another flight.

On American Airlines, change fees are waived for most tickets purchased by June 30 for any future travel. The exception is that for basic economy fare, this applies on tickets purchased by June 30 for travel through September 30, 2020. (American has not set a deadline to use the credit.) For more information on American’s policies, click here.

On Delta Air Lines, tickets purchased through June 30 can be changed or cancelled at no fee with the value applied to another flight within one year from the original purchase date. For more information on Delta’s policies, click here.

On United Airlines, tickets purchased through June 30 can be cancelled or changed without a fee with the credit applied to a future flight within 12 months of the date of original purchase. United is not issuing additional credits if the new fare is lower than the original ticket. For more information on United’s policies, click here.

What if I want a refund on my airline ticket?

While airlines are waiving change fees, the non-refundable part of discounted non-refundable fares has not changed. However, U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) rules say if a flight is cancelled and you choose to cancel your trip as a result, you are entitled to a refund back to your original form of payment for the unused transportation, even on non-refundable tickets. You are also entitled to a refund for fees paid for such things as checked baggage and seat assignments.

The DOT has issued an enforcement notice reminding airlines they need to refund passengers in the event that their flights are cancelled, or there are significant schedule changes that are unacceptable to the passenger. The DOT noted that because this is an unprecedented situation, it will exercise enforcement discretion, and will give airlines the opportunity to become compliant before taking further action.

In “normal” times when a flight was cancelled, passengers usually wanted to be re-booked on to the next available flight, and that’s what airlines are continuing to do. In many cases, the passenger can still get to the destination without a “significant” delay, as defined in each airline’s Contract of Carriage so it would not qualify for a refund.

If you want the peace of mind that you will get a refund if you choose to cancel your trip for any reason, airlines offer non-discounted refundable fares that are higher priced.

Is TSA doing anything differently at the security checkpoints?

TSA has implemented temporary measures for passengers going through airport security:

  • Liquid hand sanitizer containers up to 12 ounces are permitted in carry-on bags, but because they are larger than the standard allowance of 3.4 ounces of liquids, they will be screened separately, which will add time to the screening process.
  • State-issued driver’s licenses or IDs that expired on or after March 1, 2020, or later will continue to be accepted identification for up to one year at the checkpoint. (Separately, since all Pennsylvania Driver License and Photo License Centers are currently closed, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has issued that any driver license, photo ID card and learner’s permit scheduled to expire between March 16, 2020 and May 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until June 30, 2020. Driver licenses and photo ID cards may also be renewed online at any time by clicking here.
  • Travelers should be wearing a face mask (or an appropriate face covering) while going through the security checkpoint. You may be asked to lower your mask briefly to allow the TSA officer to verify identity.

From TSA’s press release dated May 21, 2020:

As procedure changes begin to rollout in the coming weeks, travelers should expect to:

Keep possession of their boarding passes. Instead of handing their boarding pass to a TSA officer at the travel document podium, travelers should now place their boarding pass (paper or electronic) on the boarding pass reader themselves. After scanning, travelers should hold their boarding pass toward the TSA officer to allow the officer to visually inspect it. This change reduces the TSA officer’s need to touch a passenger’s boarding pass thus reducing potential for cross-contamination.

Separate food for X-ray screening. Passengers should place their carry-on food items into a clear plastic bag and place that bag into a bin. Food items often trigger an alarm during the screening process; separating the food from the carry-on bag lessens the likelihood that a TSA officer will need to open the carry-on bag and remove the food items for a closer inspection. This requirement allows social distancing, reduces the TSA officer’s need to touch a person’s container of food and reduces potential for cross-contamination. TSA Precheck members do not need to remove items from their bags.

Pack smart. Passengers should take extra care to ensure that they do not have any prohibited items, such as liquids, gels or aerosols in quantities greater than 3.4 ounces, in their carry-on bags (water bottles, shampoo). In response to COVID-19, TSA is allowing one liquid hand sanitizer container, up to 12 ounces per passenger, in carry-on bags. Passengers are required to remove the hand sanitizer from the carry-on bag before being submitted for x-ray screening. If a bag is found to contain a prohibited item, passengers may be directed to return to the divestiture table outside of security with their carry-on bags to remove the item and dispose of the item. The passenger may also be directed back outside of security to remove, items that should have originally been divested (such as laptops, liquids, gels, and aerosols, and large electronics) and resubmit their property for X-ray screening. By resolving alarms in this manner, TSA officers will need to touch the contents inside a carry-on bag much less frequently, reducing the potential for cross-contamination.

Practice social distancing.  Passengers should allow for social distancing to reduce direct contact between employees and travelers whenever possible without compromising security. Noticeable adjustments leading up to the security checkpoint include, increasing the distance between individuals as they enter the security checkpoint, placing visual reminders of appropriate spacing on checkpoint floors and staggering the use of lanes where feasible. No two airports are alike, so this could look a little different at each airport.

Wear facial protection. TSA officers at checkpoints are now using facial protection. Travelers are encouraged to wear face protection to the checkpoint as well. Please note, however, passengers may need to adjust it during the screening process. Travelers are also encouraged to remove items such as belts, and items from their pockets, like wallets, keys and phones, and put them directly into their carry-on bags instead of into the bins to reduce touch-points during the screening process.

Travelers who have not flown since the pandemic are also likely to notice some other changes. They include:

  • Reduced security lane usage due to the reduction in passenger volume.
  • All TSA officers at checkpoints wearing masks and gloves.
  • TSA officers optionally wearing eye protection and clear plastic face shields at some locations.
  • TSA officers will continue the practice of changing gloves after each pat-down.
  • Plastic shielding installed at many travel document checking podiums, divest, bag search and drop off locations.
  • TSA officers practicing social distancing.
  • Routine cleaning and disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces in the screening checkpoint area.

Otherwise, the following precautions remain in effect at TSA checkpoints:

  • Disinfectant sprays that are flammable are prohibited in either carry-on or checked bags. (TSA has a “What Can I Bring?” tool here).
  • There are no restrictions on bringing disinfectant wipes through security.
  • Passengers may request TSA officers use new gloves during the screening process. Officers are directed to use a fresh swab for each passenger when testing for explosive material.

To help reduce risk of spreading viruses, passengers are reminded to practice social distancing while waiting in the security queue and to secure personal items normally carried in their pockets (phone, wallet, keys, coins, etc.) in the carry-on they put though the X-ray system rather than putting them loosely in a bin.

The TSA is providing updated information about COVID-19 here.

Should I arrive earlier than normal for my flight?

The normal advice still stands. The impacts have not necessarily increased the time it takes to check in and go through the TSA security checkpoint, but that also has to do with there being fewer passengers.

What is the risk of getting COVID-19 on an airplane?

Because of how air circulates and is filtered on airplanes, most viruses and other germs do not spread easily on airplanes, according to the CDC. On average, cabin air is completely refreshed 20 times per hour (compared with 12 times per hour in a typical office building). Although the risk of infection on an airplane is low, travelers should avoid contact with sick individuals and continue following hygiene standards to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, or use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

Are there health screenings for passengers at the airport?

No. At this time, the CDC has not ordered routine health screening of passengers at AVP. 

Should I wear a face mask at the airport?

Effective April 3, 2020, the CDC changed its advice and now recommends wearing “simple cloth face coverings” for situations where social distancing of six feet (6′) is difficult to maintain. The CDC says the change is prompted by indications that “a significant portion of individuals with coronavirus lack symptoms (asymptomatic) and that even those who eventually develop symptoms (pre-symptomatic) can transmit the virus to others.”

Bottom line: any of us could be carriers of COVID-19. Wearing a face covering may help with preventing the transmission to others. Maintaining social distancing remains the most important safeguard, but if you’re in a situation that you can’t, your stress levels may decrease my knowing that others around you are wearing a face mask/covering. For more information on face coverings from the CDC, click here.

In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf is now asking Pennsylvania residents to wear a mask when leaving their homes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. The Pennsylvania Department of Health says that masks can limit the spread of infectious droplets by containing coughs and sneezes. Persons who are sick should not travel, for their safety and the safety of others.

Effective April 19, 2020 at 8:00 PM, by Order of the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health, it has been ordered to require all customers to wear masks while on the premises, and deny entry to individuals not wearing masks.

Effective May 4, 2020, both Delta Air Lines and United Airlines now require all customers traveling to wear a face mask (or appropriate face covering) while on board their aircraft.

Effective May 11, 2020, American Airlines now requires all customers traveling to wear a face mask (or appropriate face covering) while on board their aircraft.

Use the link below to see “How to Make Your Own Face Covering”, from the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Jerome Adams.

Facts – Not Fear

Would you like to know if something you heard about COVID-19 is fact or fiction? The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has answers on the following link:

CDC Information

Use the links below to see current information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

Real ID Enforcement Extended

Use the link below to read the March 26, 2020 statement issued by Chad F. Wolf, Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, which extends the Real ID Enforcement Deadline to October 1, 2021. This extension is due to circumstances resulting from the COVID-19 Outbreak and the current national emergency declaration.

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