With the availability of vaccinations for the general population and fewer reported positive COVID-19 infections, Gettysburg Borough is taking a giant step toward normalcy as most mask mandates and mitigation mandates requiring social distancing and business closures have been rescinded or substantially relaxed.
- Gettysburg Municipal Government to Resume Normal Business
Beginning Monday, June 14, 2021:
• The Gettysburg Borough Municipal Building Lobby will be open to the public Monday – Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (excluding Holidays and Weekends). A telephone and public computer will be accessible for visitors to the Municipal Building. Guests should consult the phone listings posted on the window and television monitor to dial the extension of the staff person they are seeking to contact.
• Gettysburg Borough Council and all the Borough’s Authorities, Boards, and Commissions (ABCs) will resume in-person meetings as advertised in the Gettysburg Times and on the Borough’s website (www.GettysburgPA.gov)
• The following departments will begin front office window hours for guests to speak directly to a staff member in some of the Borough’s busiest departments. The department window hours are as follows (excluding Holidays):
o Parking Department
Monday – Thursday 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
o Planning Department
Monday – Thursday 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Consistent with CDC Guidance, fully vaccinated persons are not required to wear a mask/face covering when in the Municipal Building.
- State of Emergency Disaster Declaration Remains in Effect
On May 20, 2021, Governor Wolf signed a fourth renewal of the COVID-19 Disaster Declaration for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Consistent with this action, Gettysburg’s Disaster Declaration, first enacted by Mayor Streeter on March 16, 2020, is also extended. This alignment of disaster declarations between the Commonwealth and the Municipality properly positions Gettysburg Borough to adequately respond to any on-going public health concerns and ensures the full availability of any current and future State and Federal grant assistance to respond to the economic crisis brought on by the pandemic. Gettysburg’s State of Disaster Declaration will be lifted when the Commonwealth lifts its Disaster Declaration.
- Reduced Staffing Levels Remain in Place
It is clear the Gettysburg tourism industry is returning to pre-pandemic levels. This is noted in significantly increased pillow tax receipts and parking revenue over 2020 levels. However, one of the Borough’s largest tourism-driven venues (The Gettysburg Hotel on Lincoln Square) is not expected to open for public use before July 1, 2021. Additionally, Gettysburg Borough has yet to receive funding through the much-anticipated American Recover Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA). These two factors support a continued cautious approach to Borough expenditures. As such, the Borough will continue to implement the 2021 Budget that was adopted by the Borough Council on December 14, 2020. Consistent with the 2021 budget, the Office of the Manager, Police Department, Public Works Department, and the Parking Department will continue to operate with fewer staff than in previous years.