York County has declared a local State of Emergency to address the Coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic. In a special Called Meeting on Tuesday, April 7, York County Council adopted an Emergency Ordinance declaring the Local State of Emergency.
A local State of Emergency can be declared under the provisions of Section 36.06 of the York County Code of Ordinances and states that the emergency “…is imminent, and extraordinary emergency measures are deemed necessary to cope with the existing or anticipated situation.”
State of Emergency allows the County Manager to take any necessary actions for the protections of the health, safety and welfare of York County residents and visitors.
Highlights of the declaration are as follows:
- Utilize all available resources of county government as reasonably necessary to cope with the disaster;
- Transfer the direction of county agencies and departments to facilitate or perform emergency services as necessary;
- Make provisions for the availability and use of temporary housing;
- Suspend or limit non-emergency activities and prohibit public assemblies; and
- Activate the County’s 2019 Emergency Operations Plan
View the Ordinance: /DocumentCenter/View/4349
The declaration will go into effect immediately, and will remain in effect until emergency conditions associated with COVID-19 have subsided and the emergency activities are no longer necessary to protect the life and property of York County citizens, or upon the sixty-first day after the effective date of this emergency declaration.
WATCH: York County has declared a Local State of Emergency. Chairman Michael Johnson & Sheriff Kevin Tolson urge residents to adhere to the Governor’s Order to Stay at Home. Collaboratively, we can affect York County’s peak & flatten the curve. Protect you & your family’s health while protecting others: https://youtu.be/wn-AI5XMLaI.
York County will continue to inform residents with ongoing updates during this evolving pandemic through the county’s social media feeds, the York County website and the County’s COVID-19 Resource page located at www.yorkcountygov.com/COVID19.