A Message from Mayor Parris

Lancaster Mayor’s Update on Coronavirus

In accordance with the federal government’s “Open Up America Again” Plan issued by President Trump on April 16, Lancaster is poised to implement phase one of this program, today. The City meets the criteria outlined in the plan including a flat trajectory of positive tests within a 14 day period, our hospital’s ability to treat all patients without crisis care and a testing program is in place for at-risk healthcare workers. In addition, throughout the City, testing sites are in place for the general public and we have the ability to support them with PPE and critical medical equipment to handle any surge should the need arise.

The City will continue monitoring conditions and take immediate steps to limit and mitigate any infection rebounds should the environment necessitate it. Considering our current status, we recommend the county allow the following Lancaster industries to immediately resume services to the public in support of our local economy, businesses and community members:

1. Retail-for delivery or by appointment only-examples include florists (contactless business), furniture stores, specialty shops

2. Gyms and Fitness Studios-ensuring all facilities require increased social distancing by allowing no more than 10 persons per 1,000 square feet and requiring increased equipment sanitation protocols

3. Manufacturing-with the requirement for strict physical distancing and sanitization protocols

4. Auto dealerships-open for vehicle sales

We are hoping to be able to work with the County on this, and there is no reason to believe that we will not reach an agreement.

God bless