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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Municipal mandate: Coplay Borough

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Coplay Borough Councilman Stephen Burker reported the borough is taking everything on a day-by-day basis after reports that a case of COVID-19, the new strain of the coronavirus, had been confirmed in Lehigh County.

“We need to be mindful of what we have; things changed for everyone in a day,” he said. “We are still looking for a good plan. We need to be sure not to panic.”

One concern for borough officials is providing food for those residents who rely on the food bank. The food bank is located inside borough hall, which is closed to the public. Burker said he will work with council to develop a plan.

“These people rely on what they get monthly from the food bank,” he said.

Council President Louis Bodish confirmed the borough has taken steps to reduce gatherings of people.

“We took action like most of the boroughs and townships around us and closed our public facilities,” he said. “There is no projected time to reopen anything. The new case at Lehigh Valley Hospital has increased our concerns. We will take action when we get more input from local authorities.”

Burker mentioned he heard a rumor some municipalities were sanitizing their public buildings.

“It’s something we will look into,” he said.

Borough parks are closed, as is the public library.

Inspections and permits have also been canceled.