Dear Radnor Township Business Community,
Congratulations on another successful weekend of beautiful weather and plenty of Radnor Township residents eager to support our local businesses. Thank you to those businesses who have reopened in compliance with the Yellow Phase guidelines. While it is wonderful seeing our town come back to life responsibly, we have received complaints about certain businesses pushing the Yellow Phase guidelines for social distancing and gatherings. Please remember we are still in a pandemic; folks continue to test positive for COVID-19 nationwide and many have a low risk tolerance for exposure even when adhering to social distancing best practices. Be mindful of our neighbors and friends during this time of transition.
Per the State’s guidelines, gatherings and events — such as meetings, concerts, conferences, fairs, festivals, sporting events, movie showings or theater performances — are subject to specific conditions within each phase of reopening. These conditions require that facilities limit the total number of individuals gathering for each discrete gathering or event within the facility, notwithstanding the maximum occupancy of the facility.
While these guidelines are specific to inside of the facility, it’s important that these guidelines are also applied to those spaces immediately adjacent to the facility such as outdoor dining spaces. Radnor Township Health Officer, Marie Carbonara, RN, cautions “while outdoor exposures are less risky than indoor, the virus can spread when people are close together and not wearing masks no matter where that is taking place.”
The Radnor Township Office of Emergency Management will enforce the Yellow Phase guidelines for restaurants that have outdoor dining. Sgt. Chris Gluck and Ms. Carbonara may be visiting the restaurants to review the guidelines and answer any questions. Our hope is that everyone will comply with the guidelines to prevent the OEM from having to further intervene.
As these relaxed outdoor dining conditions are available for the Yellow Phase only, we expect all businesses will follow the Yellow Phase guidelines to protect the health and safety of our Township residents, visitors, businesses and academic institutions. When the State moves to the Green Phase, we will return to standard parking and outdoor dining regulations thereby reducing such gatherings.
Should you have any specific questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the Township Manager, Superintendent of Police, Office of Emergency Management or Public Information Officer at any time. We are here to serve you all and we are eager to help in the economic recovery process for all Radnor businesses to the extent we can.
All the best for a safe, healthy and productive week for all!
William M. White, MBA