To Whom It May Concern,

With the recent events that have transpired and in keeping with the recommendations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Center for Disease Controls and Prevention (CDC), the City of Chester Office of Emergency Management (OEM) recommends following the guidelines in the two (2) attached CDC informational bulletins and the Delaware County’s March 11th COVID-19 update.

In addition to these recommendations, The City of Chester Office of Emergency Management also recommends the following to the general public:

  1. The public should limit visiting government buildings unless absolutely necessary.
  2. The public should limit the amount of time spent in public stores and areas.
  3. Launder clothes and bed linens frequently and shower daily.
  4. There is no need to panic and you should continue to go about your lives in a normal fashion but, whenever possible, limit the amount of activities associated with public gatherings.

While the Office of Emergency Management does not recommend business cease operations, we do recommend that social gatherings and church services be postponed.  We ask that the churches in the city use the service on Sunday, March 15th to convey the attached information.

I will continue to update you as more information becomes available or if circumstances warrant.


W.C. Rigby, Fire Commissioner

Emergency Management Coordinator

City of Chester