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  • 20 May 2020 11:31 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Governor Tom Wolf today announced that starting today, businesses and employees in the real estate industry may conduct limited business-related activities statewide and provided guidance for this industry to operate in red phase and yellow phase counties.

    All in-person activities should be scheduled and limited to no more than the real estate professional and two people inside a property at any time, exercising appropriate social distancing.

    When conducting settlements/closings utilize remote notary, powers of attorney or the exchange of contract documents electronically or by mail wherever possible. Where it is not possible to conduct settlement/ closing via remote notary or POA, attendance in-person must be limited to required signatories and their legal counsel or real estate professional only, and steps to preserve social distancing must be followed to the maximum extent possible.

    Businesses and employees are also encouraged to provide sellers with relevant safety information and protocols for cleaning and sanitizing properties; utilize electronic marketing as much as possible; provide all individuals at an in-person activity with a verbal health screening; stagger scheduling of property showings; avoid physical contact with the property by staging in advance to prevent the need for interaction with items like lights, interior doors, drapes and blinds; and minimize time spent in the property by having discussions away from the property via remote means.


  • 20 May 2020 11:12 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Heading outdoors for some fresh air? Here's what's available at state parks and forests throughout Pennsylvania.  Remember to practice social distancing at all times.


  • 18 May 2020 10:53 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Starting today, if you use or drive for Uber, you must wear a mask or face covering.   Drivers and passengers will be required to follow the new rules to keep each other safe during the pandemic. 

  • 13 May 2020 11:56 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

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  • 12 May 2020 4:00 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    SEPTA Crime Watch Conference Call Community Meeting Tuesday May 12th 2020 800pm. Concerned about crime and safety concerns on SEPTA while traveling? Call into the online conference call community meeting 215-201-2956 or from a computer click on link uberconference.com/gregorybucceroni


  • 11 May 2020 2:29 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Philadelphians who are struggling financially because of the pandemic may also be eligible for an emergency cash grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services. The Emergency Assistance Program is for families with children who were working and experienced the loss of a job or income.

    Applications will be accepted starting tomorrow, Monday, May 11, 2020, through June 12. Residents can apply online or call BenePhilly at 1 (833) 373-5868.

    Emergency Cash Assistance


  • 11 May 2020 2:19 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The City of Philadelphia launched an emergency rental assistance program that is expected to keep at least 3,000 families in their homes. The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will make rent payments for people who have lost income because of COVID-19.

    Program information is available at PHLRentAssist.org. Renters may begin submitting applications on Tuesday, May 12 at 10 a.m. Applications must be submitted by Saturday, May 16, at 5 p.m. Renters who do not have access to the internet or a smart phone will be able to get program and application information by calling 3-1-1.

    Help With Rent


  • 08 May 2020 11:08 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    SEPTA will soon be operating on a regular schedule for most transit services on Sunday, May 17.

    Customers are advised to use SEPTA for essential travel only and are strongly encouraged to wear face masks and coverings. Fare payment and front door entry will be restored.  

    Transit vehicles will have the following capacity:

    • 20 people will be allowed at a time on buses
    • 25 people allowed on per trolley
    • 30 people will be allowed on the Norristown Line

    Regional Rail will continue to operate on a "Lifeline Schedule" through the end of May.

  • 08 May 2020 10:59 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Yesterday, Thursday evening, Gov. Wolf extended the Stay at Home order to June 4 in the Philadelphia area.  

    Stay home as much as possible. Try to get groceries once per week instead of daily. Freedom of travel remains, but please refrain from non-essential travel. Essential travel includes things like commuting to an essential job, picking up supplies like groceries and medicine, and checking on family and pets in other households. Do not host or attend gatherings. 

  • 07 May 2020 11:35 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    Several members have asked that we clearly state the need to wear masks when outside, especially if you are biking or running. Although it seems like common sense and common courtesy, I have had several somewhat heated conversations about this topic.   CCRA has looked into the regulations regarding mask wearing outside. Consistent with everything else we know about the Covid-19, the policies at the local, state and federal levels are consistently vague. While mask wearing outside, for any activity, is encouraged, it is not required if you are socially distant. 

    Philadelphia says you don't need a mask outside if you are staying six feet away from others.


     Pennsylvania recommends but does not mandate wearing a mask outdoors

    Federal policy (CDC/FEMA) says wear a mask or face covering when you go outside. (NOTE, this guidance expires as of tonight, April 30, at midnight)


    The Bicycle Coalition 
    (citing CDC guidelines--about to expire tonight) recommends that bikers wear masks and practice social distancing when riding. 


    I could not find an organization comparable to the Bicycle Coalition for runners but Philadelphia Runner, a long time CC running supply shop, sponsors several running clubs. On their blog, they cite CDC guidelines (again, about to expire tonight) for mask wearing and share directions on making your own mask.
     

    https://philadelphiarunner.com/blog/how-to-make-a-face-mask-with-a-race-tshirt

     

    Bottom Line - although clearly a best practice, wearing a mask outdoors is not required.   Philadelphia guidance stipulates that you must be socially distanced (at least 6' from others) but with no enforcement, this is meaningless.  CCRA will continue to recommend mask wearing but that is all it is, a recommendation.

     

    FAQs about homemade masks



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