With the rapidly changing nature of the COVID-19 outbreak, information and advice from the State Government has been changing quickly. We are in new territory and we are facing it together as a community. The City is trying to keep our residents as up to date as possible and we understand you have many questions and uncertainties. We share those uncertainties and have been working diligently to get as many questions answered as possible. Please be patient, do not panic, and lets work together as one community.

The City has made the following items in effect starting on March 23, 2020:
  • Street sweeping operations have been temporarily suspended and will resume on April 6, 2020. Parking restrictions with designated sweeping routes will not be enforced.
  • The City of Lebanon will be offering free 15-minute street parking at meters for customers picking up food and delivery drivers.Signs will be hung on parking meters designating the spaces for the 15-minute parking.
  • Parking enforcement for only safety issues and complaints-driven violations will be preformed.
  • Camping permits and special event permits will not be issued until further notice. Additionally, applications for the rental of city-owned recreation buildings will not be accepted until further notice.
  • The Recycling Center will be closed until Tuesday, April 7.

Should you have any questions, please contact City Admin at 717-228-4401 or by email at cityadmin@lebanonpa.org.
Declaration of Disaster Emergency for the City of Lebanon
Mayor Sherry Capello has issued a Declaration of Disaster Emergency for the City of Lebanon, effective March 17, 2020. The Declaration of Disaster Emergency authorizes city officials to employ temporary workers, rent equipment, purchase supplies and materials, and enter into contracts and agreements for the performance of public work as may be required to meet the emergency, all without regard to those time-consuming procedures and formalities normally prescribed by law, mandatory constitutional requirements excepted.

City offices will continue to be staffed and most city services will continue to be provided to the public while the Municipal Building is closed. Functioning critical infrastructure is imperative during the response to the CODID-19 emergency for both public health and safety as well as community well-being. Certain critical infrastructure industries like energy, health care, communications, local governments providing public works, police and fire services…. have a special responsibility in these times to continue operations.

If you have any questions, contact the Department of Administration, (717) 228-4401.
What Pharmacies are Open?
Click here for a list of pharmacies that are open in the City of Lebanon.
What Grocery Stores are Open?
Click here for a list of grocery stores that are open in the City of Lebanon.
What is WellSpan Health doing to prepare?
WellSpan has begun the use of open-air testing tents for individuals that have been instructed to be tested by their physician. You can  click here  to learn more.
We have also limited visitation at the hospitals and outpatient locations, with certain clinical exceptions. The full details can be found  here .
Lebanon County Website for COVID-19 Information.
The Lebanon County Department of Emergency Services has created a dedicated website for COVID-19. This website provides the public with real-time information in the areas of public facing businesses, extended care facilities, schools, and faith-based organizations and more. Click here to visit the website and learn more.
We want to hear from you!
If you are a business owner in the City of Lebanon, we want to hear from you! What are your challenges? Your questions? Your worries? Please click here to fill out the form.
If you have any questions, please contact the Community & Economic Development Administrator at jmendoff@lebanonpa.org.
Gov. Wolf: Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to Small Businesses and Non-Profits Facing Losses Related to COVID-19
On March 19, 2020 Governor Tom Wolf today announced the availability of low-interest loans for small businesses and eligible non-profits in all 67 counties in Pennsylvania through the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). For more information, click here.
All Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses in PA to Close Physical Locations
Governor Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21. For more information and the list of non-life-sustaining businesses click here .

To request a waiver to keep your location open,  please submit this form . All decisions will be communicated by email and will balance public health, safety, and the security of our industry supply chains supporting life-sustaining businesses.
PRESS RELEASE: Department of Banking and Securities Provides Recommendations for Pennsylvanians Financially Impacted by the Coronavirus 
Harrisburg, PA - The Department of Banking and Securities (DoBS) collaborates with state agencies to develop resources available for Pennsylvanians financially impacted by COVID-19.

“As Pennsylvanians continue to heed the advice of public health experts to stay calm; stay home and stay safe, it is important to know your financial options,” said Acting Secretary Richard Vague. “Pennsylvanians should take action now to understand their financial situations and stay informed of what resources are available.” 

Access Your Financial Institution
When possible, complete transactions using online or mobile banking, phone banking, drive thru, or ATMs. 

Make use of services available 24/7 on your financial institution’s website or mobile app including: balance inquiries, transfers, loan payments, mobile check deposits, and transaction inquiries.
Consumers should contact their financial institution for any concerns with credit, automatic bill payments, or debt obligations like credit card and mortgage payments.

Unemployment and Workers’ Compensation 
If you are unable to work because of COVID-19, you may be eligible for Unemployment Compensation benefits. Learn more about eligibility requirements, latest developments, and how to get started here

Trouble Paying Credit Cards
If you have seen a reduction in pay due to COVID-19 and are struggling to make your credit card or loan payments, contact your lender right away. Regulatory agencies have encouraged financial institutions to work with customers impacted by the coronavirus. For guidance visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or contact a credit counselor near you.

Trouble Paying Your Mortgage or Rent 
If you do not have enough money in your savings to cover your mortgage payment or rent contact your lender or landlord immediately. Do not wait until you’re behind on payments. Some lenders may work out an agreement with you to waive late fees, set up a repayment plan or offer loan forbearance. 

For mortgage information visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or find a housing counselor near you. For rental assistance visit the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Short Term and Emergency Loans
Consider your options before taking out a high cost short term loan. Talk with your creditors to negotiate more time to pay bills or borrow from friends or family before exploring loans offered by banks, credit unions, or licensed small loan companies that you may not be able to repay. Confirm the lender is licensed with DoBS and borrow only what you can afford to pay back.

Paying Utilities
On March 6, 2020, Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Chairman signed an emergency order prohibiting electric, natural gas, water, wastewater, telecommunication and steam utility terminations by utilities that are under the PUC’s jurisdiction. The moratorium will remain in place for as long as the Proclamation of Disaster, issued by Governor Tom Wolf related to the Coronavirus, is in effect. If you are struggling to pay your utility bills, contact your service provider for possible emergency assistance programs.

Insurance Issues
The Pennsylvania Insurance Department has resources and information available for consumers who have insurance related questions and developed an FAQ that provides information and answers to common questions related to insurance coverage and COVID-19.

Financial Scams
Consumers should be on the lookout for financial scams during major events such as the outbreak of COVID-19. If you have received an unsolicited phone call, when in doubt, hang up. Never provide credit card or other financial or personal information as part of an unsolicited phone call and think twice if you’re being pressured to act now.

For up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, visit the PA Department of Health’s dedicated Coronavirus webpage that is updated daily. 

Anyone can contact DoBS at 1-800-PA-BANKS or 1-800-722-2657 to ask questions or file complaints about financial transactions, companies, or products.

MEDIA CONTACT: Meredith Noll, 717-214-4759, RA-BNDOBSCOMM@pa.gov