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The Week that Was: News and features around Harrisburg

“Closed” signs abound throughout Harrisburg’s business districts.

Around Harrisburg, the past news week amounted to all-coronavirus, all the time, as all other stories understandably took a back seat to the pandemic. At TheBurg, we had both a statewide and local focus, and, if you missed some of our coverage, we have it all listed and linked below.

Art can be seen and sometimes even made out of doors. So, our arts blogger is going directly to nature for his art fix, adding a planned plein air event, with adequate social distancing, naturally.

Broad Street Market remains open as a vital food resource in Harrisburg. Our online feature story explains the surprisingly upbeat and very community-oriented vibe inside the city’s historic food and farmers market.

Gov. Tom Wolf ordered the closure of all “non life-sustaining” business offices, telling people to self-isolate at home unless they’re an essential worker. This office shutdown was arguably the most severe restriction of several over the past week.

Harrisburg declared a state of emergency in the city and shut public access to the city government center as a result. Dauphin County followed suit, closing down public access to county facilities. Our online story offers information on how to continue to do business with both governmental bodies.

Harrisburg suspended street parking enforcement for 10 days, along with street sweeping enforcement. Capital Region Water also explained its policies and actions in light of the crisis. We published an online story explaining both.

Harrisburg school district and the city police are collaborating on ways to feed the city’s schoolchildren, now that school has been suspended. Find out how you can help in the effort from our online story.

Mayor Papenfuse went higher tech than usual this past week, employing Facebook Live to connect with residents and answer questions. The fire chief and police commissioner joined him, addressing many COVID-19-related topics.

Methodist churches closed throughout the Harrisburg area last year. Our magazine feature tells what happened with one parish, in our only non-coronavirus story of the week.

PA Department of Health began a daily coronavirus update of cases in PA, with a county-by-county breakdown. We covered them all, including the latest from Saturday.

PA Liquor Control Board cracked down on license-holding bars and restaurants that have refused to close for on-premises consumption. Sanctions will be imposed on violators, warned the PLCB, which also closed all its state liquor and wine stores.

Restaurants and other small businesses are already suffering immensely, forced to shut down to prevent the spread of the virus. In a blog post, our editor makes a plea for the community to support them.

Runners are a committed bunch. So, even though springtime races have been cancelled, they ran the races independently, taking precautions to ensure social distancing. Our reporter, a runner herself, described the scene along the river.

Sara Bozich traded in her usual list of events for a more important list—guidance on how to support local businesses facing devastating economic times. Visit her story and help your neighbors.

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