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  • 08 Jun 2020 11:28 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Beginning today, Septa is requiring all riders to wear face coverings when using their service.

    All SEPTA lines are running on a normal schedule.  Regional Rail continues to run on Lifeline Services. 

  • 05 Jun 2020 2:25 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

     Here is the latest update on Demonstration and Civil Unrest Activities

    • A Citywide curfew will go into effect at 8:00 PM this evening. 
    • No secure perimeter is in effect for the city today. If that changes we will let you know.
    • All public transit is running on schedule (COVID-19 restrictions in place)
    • Today’s scheduled protest activity: Please note that there is a forecast for severe thunderstorms this afternoon and some demonstration activity may be altered
    • Currently – Large, peaceful group in Mt. Airy
    • 12:00 PM 4th Annual Stop Killing Us - March to DC - 8th & Race 
    • 1:00 PM White Coats for Black Lives Matter  -Lubbert Plaza Hamilton Building at 10th & Locust 
    • 1:00 PM White Coats for Black Lives Observance - Franklin Field - March to City Hall
    • 2:00 PM Peaceful Protest for George Floyd at Love Park
    • 3:00 PM Candle Light Vigil for Breonna Taylor - Drexel Park - 3100 Powelton Street
    • 5:00 PM March on Mayfair - 5617 Tulip Street
    • Tomorrow’s scheduled protest activity: 
    • Saturday - 12:00 PM - March Against Racist Police Brutality & The Repression of Protest - Art Museum steps (This is anticipated to be a very large protest in terms of numbers of participants)
  • 05 Jun 2020 2:06 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    On Thursday, 6/4, Mayor Kenney announced the formation of a reconciliation committee in the wake of days of protests and unrest in the city.

    The committee will include civic and faith leaders, young people, community organizers and representatives from the LGBTQ community.

  • 03 Jun 2020 1:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Joint Statement from Mayor’s and City Advisory Commissions on Protests in Philadelphia

    "As Philadelphians and members of the advisory Commissions representing diverse backgrounds, we recognize and stand in solidarity with all individuals, families, and communities that have faced racial violence and systemic injustice. Racism has plagued our nation since its birth. To the Black, Brown, Indigenous, and other People of Color who live with the trauma, pain, grief, and rage brought about by the ignorance of the past and present, we see, hear, and value you."

  • 03 Jun 2020 11:49 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Citywide curfew remains in effect from 6pm tonight to 6am Thursday morning.  During the curfew, people may leave their homes only to go to work at essential businesses or to seek medical attention of police assistance.

  • 03 Jun 2020 10:55 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    The city of Philadelphia on Wednesday morning took down a statue of the former mayor Frank Rizzo, a champion of conservatives who aggressively policed black people and gay people in the 1960s and ’70s, and whose likeness has long been criticized as a symbol of racism and oppression.

    Mayor Kenney said that the statue was already scheduled to be removed in 2021 - according to The Philadelphia Inquirer. But he said the protests showed that the statue “had to go away for us to understand where we need to go to look forward.”

  • 03 Jun 2020 10:44 AM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)


    The City’s Safer at Home plan and executive order outline how Philadelphia will begin to reopen for business when the current Stay-at-Home Order is lifted, which may occur as soon as Friday, June 5, 2020. The Philadelphia Department of Public Health continues to advise residents that they are “safer at home,” and should only leave to engage in essential activities.

    The move to Safer at Home is dependent on the data tracked by the Department of Public Health. While we don't know what effect current events will have on the virus’s spread, we continue to monitor the metrics and based on what we’re seeing, we will make an official decision in the next few days.

    Learn more about how the City is safely supporting the reopening of businesses here.

    Lower-risk activities permitted to operate within certain parameters during the Safer-at-Home Order (Yellow Phase) include:

    ·    Restaurants (including food trucks and walk-up ordering, no dine-in service)

    ·    Retail businesses (curbside and delivery are strongly encouraged)

    ·    Child care centers

    ·    Outdoor youth day camps and recreation

    ·    Outdoor parks-related amenities

    ·    Office-based businesses (telework still required whenever feasible)

    ·    Consumer banking

    ·    Automobile sales

    ·    Real estate activities

    ·    Manufacturing

    ·    Warehouse operations

    Continued Precautions: 

    Businesses will be required by the Safer-at-Home Order to follow a safety checklist of operations called “Safe Mode” to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

  • 02 Jun 2020 12:31 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Polls are open from 7am-8pm & Mail-in Ballots MUST be delivered or postmarked by TODAY, June 2.


    VOTER HELP LINE: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683)
    - You can also call this number if you have any challenges voting or need help finding your polling place.



    • Mail: NEW!!! Mail-in ballots must now be postmarked June 2. You can bring your mail-in ballot to the post office today so they will be counted by Tuesday, April 9.
    • Deliver by 8 pm: In Philadelphia, bring your ballot to 520 N. Delaware Ave or City Hall south entrance; see for other neighborhood locations 
    • Check ballot status: 
    • If you cannot hand deliver your ballot to the Board of Elections: You can still go your polling location. Bring your ballot to your polling location, rip it up in front of an election worker, and vote in person. 
    • What if your mail-in ballot did not come in time? Anyone who requested a mail ballot can vote in person on a provisional (paper) ballot. You won’t be allowed to vote on the city’s new voting machines, but you can vote by paper ballot and it will be counted later.


    • Voters only need ID if it is their first time voting at a new polling site.  First-time voters without ID can vote by provisional ballot.


    • Democratic and Republican Candidates for Attorney General, Auditor General, Treasurer, State Senator (odd numbered districts), Delegates to the National Convention, Republican State Committee People, and the United States President and Vice President


    • All Pennsylvanians who are registered by May 18, 2020
    • Persons with felony convictions ARE allowed to vote after their release. (This includes those on probation, parole, and house arrest.)
    • Voter’s registered with the Democratic or Republican Party can vote in their party’s Primary Election. Registered voters with no party affiliation can only vote on ballot questions during the Primary Election. 

    Voting Questions or Problems? Call the nonpartisan hotline 1-866-OUR-VOTE or call the Vote For Homes Coalition at 215-232-7272 x3042, and someone will call you back.

    More information and an UPDATED poster to download is available at

  • 01 Jun 2020 6:56 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    Gov. Wolf signed an executive order extending the deadline for county election officers in Philadelphia and surrounding counties (except Bucks)  to receive absentee or mail-in ballots by mail to 5pm June 9. 

  • 01 Jun 2020 12:49 PM | Travis Oliver (Administrator)

    SEPTA is suspending its services in Center City at noon due to the expected demonstrations.  

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