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Peduto issues executive order prohibiting large gatherings; issues state of emergency

By March 13, 2020 No Comments
Pittsburgh, Coronavirus

Mayor Bill Peduto issues a state of emergency for the City of Pittsburgh Friday afternoon. (Screencap: City of Pittsburgh)

From Pittsburgh Current Staff Reports

In the past week, many groups, promoters and organizations have made the tough choice to cancel events sure to draw large crowds. But as of 9 a.m. Monday, canceling gatherings of more than 250 people is no longer a choice, it’s an order.

Peduto held a briefing Friday afternoon in which he declared a state of emergency and issued an executive order that “there shall be no community gatherings in excess of 250 people,” and “The City will explore the opportunity to seek continuances for the enforcement of City Code citations before magisterial district justices in furtherance of our civic responsibility and to comply with the spirit of Governor Tom Wolf’s recommendations regarding social distancing to further prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

“As the coronavirus has spread throughout the world, we have learned one great lesson: that by taking decisive action early on, we can slow the spread of the disease and save untold numbers of lives,” Peduto said. “I am making this announcement now so our residents can further plan for the impacts COVID-19 will have on them and their families, most likely for weeks to come.”

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By issuing the declaration of emergency, Peduto has the power to “adopt precautionary measures to mitigate expected effects of public health disasters.” The following measures have also been taken:

  • The City banned all City government-affiliated meetings of more than 50 people and business-related travel by City employees
  • The Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority extended its shut-off moratorium until May 31 and waived income qualification criteria. Pennsylvania American Water has also ceased shut-offs
  • The Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh extended assistance to Pittsburgh small businesses
  • The Housing Authority of the City of Pittsburgh suspended all evictions except for those with serious public safety implications
  • Columbia Gas, Duquesne Light, and Peoples Gas have suspended service shut-offs until at least May 1

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