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March 29, 30: SEPTA to Reduce Regional Rail to “Essential Service Schedule,” end overnight service on Market-Frankford El line

March 28, 2020

SEPTA will reduce Regional Rail to an “Essential Service Schedule” starting on Sunday, March 29. This follows previous Regional Rail schedule adjustments implemented last week aimed at providing essential service during the COVID-19 crisis. Service on Transit modes, including buses, subways and trolleys, will continue to operate on reduced Saturday schedules. Starting Monday, March 30,…

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White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

March 27, 2020

By Andrew Taylor, Lisa Mascaro And Jonathan Lemire ASSOCIATED PRESS  WASHINGTON — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on unprecedented emergency legislation to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed $2 trillion pandemic response…

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Britain’s Prince Charles tests positive for new coronavirus

March 27, 2020

By Jill Lawless And Danica Kirka ASSOCIATED PRESS  LONDON — Prince Charles, the heir to the British throne, has tested positive for the new coronavirus, his office said Wednesday. The 71-year-old is showing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and is self-isolating at a royal estate in Scotland, his Clarence House office said. It says his wife…

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Governor Wolf urges USDA to waive food assistance eligibility requirements, announces new funding availability for small businesses

March 27, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf on Thursday  sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that USDA waive eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program; reconsider Pennsylvania’s request for temporary waivers to allow more food to be distributed at school feeding sites and food banks; and to be flexible and change its…

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Union grocery and retail workers see wage increases, enhanced safety measures in Pennsylvania

March 27, 2020

Members of UFCW 1776KS will see wage increases and safety improvements at hundreds of workplaces across Pennsylvania following collaboration with employers. UFCW 1776KS announced last Sunday industry-wide safety measures, temporary wage premiums and improved benefits for retail and grocery workers in union facilities across Pennsylvania. “Our members are performing the essential work necessary to keep…

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Mayor Kenney reports first coronavirus death in Philadelphia

March 25, 2020

March 25, 2020– 1 p.m. Press Conference Mayor Kenney: “Deeply saddened to report the first death of a Philadelphia resident related to the COVID-19 coronavirus. Our prayers are with the family and loved ones of this person.” ~Mayor Kenney via Twitter The Philadelphia resident is in his 50’s. “We certainly expect more deaths in the…

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White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion coronavirus rescue bill

March 25, 2020

By ANDREW TAYLOR, LISA MASCARO and JONATHAN LEMIRE WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders of both major political parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. The urgently needed pandemic response…

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City of Philadelphia issues Stay at Home Order effective Mar. 23 at 8 a.m–Clarifies restrictions on business activity

March 22, 2020

PHILADELPHIA – The City today issued a new Stay at Home Order detailing restrictions on business activity in Philadelphia in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. These new restrictions take effect tomorrow, Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8 a.m. “We recognize that these shifting restrictions have caused confusion or uncertainty, and for that we apologize,” said Managing Director Brian…

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