New Castle, PA – Mayor Chris Frye, Jr. issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shut down all “non-life sustaining businesses” in Pennsylvania. The health and welfare of the citizens of New Castle is our top priority. City officials are committed to protecting citizens from the potential spread of COVID-19 and lessening the
economic and financial impact as a result from such a shutdown.
Through Gov. Wolf’s order, local jurisdictions have been charged with “enforcing” the shutdown. At my direction, the City of New Castle police, fire, health officer and administration will be educating local establishments and promoting social distancing in all settings.
Additionally, first responders and police force are using this time to train and be prepared. The lower level of the city building is being prepared to serve as a temporary quarantine should the need arise. New Castle Police Department will be more visible throughout the community during this time as a measure to protect, not to elicit more fear. New Castle Fire Department is equipped to employ FEMA and PEMA medical assistance protocol at the drop of a hat. And the Health Officer is delivering information to all local establishments to help them navigate the Governors order.
In times of uncertainty and crisis, we are being proactive to support our citizens. Our community partners in both the private and publics sector have expeditiously organized to help our most vulnerable residents. By working together, we will continue to support one another to stay ahead of this pandemic and exit stronger as a community.