Coronavirus Cancellations, News & Updates

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Governor Tom Wolf announced a shutdown for all non-essential stores, bars & restaurants and a Stay-at-Home order for several counties – including Allegheny.  This is expected to last 2 weeks. The Governor also closed all State Stores. State Health Officials are asking that families & children not hold play dates while home from school.  For more information & details from Governor Tom Wolf’s Office, click here.

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The Pennsylvania Department of Education has announced that all public schools in the commonwealth will remain closed at least through April 6th.  Many Washington County school districts are preparing to begin online teaching on March 30th

Officials with Allegheny Health Network has opened four drive-up sites, including one in Bethel Park, where people can get tested for the Coronavirus. The sites are in Wexford, Bethel Park, Monroeville and Erie.  Officials say the testing will not be done “on-demand.” They say only patients who have been previously evaluated by an AHN-affiliated health care provider for Coronavirus symptoms and who have a valid prescription order from the clinicians will be tested at the sites. The testing sites will be open from eight a.m. to five p.m. each day and will be able to accommodate up to twenty people an hour

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Due to COVID-19 and Governor Wolf’s Emergency Declaration regarding the spread of the virus, Freedom Transit will be making the following changes to fixed route service:

WASHINGTON TRANSIT CENTER:
• Washington Transit Center lobby and waiting area will be closed

LOCAL A, LOCAL B, & LOCAL SATURDAY ROUTES:
• All Local routes will operate as normal

COUNTY LINE A & COUNTY LINE B ROUTES:
• County Line A and County Line B service will be suspended.  Riders who need transportation along these routes can call into the Freedom Transit office at (724) 223-8747 to schedule a Shared Ride pickup. This service will be available to any rider who needs to access a place of employment, medical provider, or grocery store. These Shared Ride trips will be offered at the Fixed Route fare rate of $1.50 one way and can be booked on the same day that transportation is needed.  Canonsburg and Houston residents are able to utilize the Pittsburgh Metro bus service for access to locations along Pike St. and in Washington

PITTSBURGH METRO & METRO SATURDAY ROUTES:
Pittsburgh Metro bus service will be reduced to six trips into Downtown and six trips out of Downtown each weekday ensuring access to essential employment and medical services in Pittsburgh. Service will operate at the following run times:

Inbound, run 1- 4:55 AM to 6:30 AM
Inbound, run 3- 5:45 AM to 7:30 AM
Inbound, run 5- 6:45 AM to 8:30 AM
Outbound, run 2- 6:45 AM to 8:10 AM
Outbound, run 4- 7:45 AM to 9:10 AM
Outbound, run 6- 8:45 AM to 10:10 AM
Inbound, run 15- 2:20 PM to 3:40 PM
Inbound, run 17- 3:00 PM to 4:45 PM
Inbound, run 19- 4:15 PM to 6:00 PM
Outbound, run 16- 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM
Outbound, run 18- 5:05 PM to 6:35 PM

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City Mission is partnering with the Washington County Community Foundation and other generous donors to create Pop-up Food Pantries throughout the area to help individuals and families in need during this current crisis.  We have had to close our Thrift Stores, so we are converting them for now into community outposts capable of restoring hope to our neighbors in need.

Pop-Up Food Pantries”

  • Mondays – in partnership with Washington County Community Foundation
    • 9am-11am           Washington Thrift Store at 382 West Chestnut Street, Suite 110
    • 1pm-3pm            United Presbyterian Church at 112 West Pike Street in Canonsburg
  • Wednesdays – in partnership with Anonymous City Mission donors
    • 9am-11pm          Waynesburg Thrift Store at 100 Greene Plaza
    • 1pm-3pm            Belle Vernon Thrift Store at 370 Tri County Lane
  • Thursdays – in partnership with Washington County Community Foundation
    • 9am-11am           Monongahela Thrift Store at 159 West Main Street
    • 1pm-3pm            City Mission Samaritan Care Center at 84 West Wheeling Street in Washington

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In-person services at Social Security offices are on hold until further notice.  Local offices will continue to provide critical services over the phone and online services will continue

The Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh has asked all clergy and congregations of his diocese to suspend in-person services through Holy Week and Easter Sunday.  The directive from Bishop Dorsey McConnell affects congregations in seven counties throughout southwestern Pennsylvania:  Allegheny, Armstrong, Cambria, Indiana, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland.

The Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese has cancelled all parish activities – including daily and Sunday Masses, fish fries and Stations of the Cross until further notice

Miraculous Medal has daily mass online at 10 am.  Holy Rosary is live streaming Sunday mass at 10 am.  Their website is hrrmmsp.org

The Pittsburgh marathon has been cancelled.  The annual marathon was scheduled to happen the weekend of May 1-3.

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The Sheriff Sale scheduled for April 3rd at 10:00 am has been postponed by Court Order.  All properties will be re-listed for the sale on May 1, 2020, at 10:00 am.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has established an alternate location to process the issuance of gun permits.  The process will be by appointment only, due to limited staffing, Tuesday & Wednesday, 10 am to 2 pm. Appointments can be made by calling # 724-228-6840 from 9 am to 3 pm Monday-Friday. The location will Room #103 at the Courthouse Square Building, 100 West Beau Street Washington PA 15301.  Please follow the signage posted outside the building’s main doors, first level.

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Faith United Presbyterian Church at 900 E. Beau  Street in Washington has cancelled Sunday worship and all other church activities until further notice

The Omni William Penn Hotel in Pittsburgh will be closed at least through June 1st

Organizers are postponing the annual Komen Pittsburgh Race for the Cure due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  The race is usually held on Mother’s Day, this year being Sunday, May 10, but it is now postponed until Sept. 13, 2020

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The JVS Electronic Collection Facility is  expected to resume collections on April 14th

All park playgrounds in Peters Township and Field #5 in Peterswood Park are closed until at least April 10th.  This includes the Community Recreation Center and the Tennis Center

The Brownson House and Vernon C. Neal Sportsplex will be extending the suspension of programs until further notice

As an organization, we will continue to monitor all federal, state and local authorities’ recommendations. Our programs will be reinstated based on these authorities’ recommendations.

Fairhill Manor Church closed until 4/19/2020
The Union Grill is closing to dine-in customers for 2 weeks, or until further notice
City Mission: Most programs on hold. Meal services available @ the door on 57 West Strawberry
Canton Twp. public access to township buildings limited. Taxes may be paid through the window
Centerville Borough offices are closed
The Common Ground Teen Center will be closed until further notice
South Strabane Twp. has closed all municipal facilities & cancelled all public meetings for the remainder of March


Washington City Hall is closed to the public until further notice.  Employees are working and may be reached by phone
The Washington Co. Sheriff’s Office is temporarily suspending applications for licenses to carry concealed weapons
All Pittsburgh Cultural Trust performances, exhibitions, films, and events through May 10 have now been cancelled or postponed
South Hills municipal building is closed
Pittsburgh Zoo closed until further notice
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra postponing all concerts thru end of March

Oglebay Institute cancelling all public events
Pittsburgh Opera cancelling performances of “Carmen”
Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh closed until further notice
Alpine Bowling, social lounge, hall rental, bingo and snack bar are closed


Southwestern Pennsylvania Area Agency on Aging Inc. announced that all senior community centers and senior satellite centers in Washington, Greene and Fayette counties will be suspending operations of all social and recreational activities through March 27th

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The Meadows Racetrack & Casino is closed as is Lady Luck Casino at Nemacolin

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St. Clair Hospital is closed to all visitors

WHS Washington Hospital and WHS Greene have closed the facilities to all visitors.

Cameron Wellness Center is closed as is:  WHS Washington Hospital and WHS Greene Gift Shops/WHS Children’s Therapy Center/WHS Outpatient Rehabilitation Services/WHS Lab draw site located inside WHS Washington Hospital.  All other outpatient lab draw sites will remain open until further notice.  All outpatient radiology procedures at all sites will be rescheduled. Some outpatient studies will still be done at WHS Washington Hospital based on clinical need.  All inpatient and emergency services will remain open.

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Monongahela Valley Hospital is suspending visiting hours for all units until further notice. The only exception is end-of-life care situations, where two visitors will be permitted


As a precautionary measure, Freedom Transit will be reducing shared-ride service in Washington County for at least the next two weeks. The focus of the service will be on continuing to provide access to essential and critical services that our passengers need. For now, fixed-route service will operate as normal.  Only medical, adult day care, work, and senior center “Pick-Up” meal trips will be provided. Freedom Transit clients that currently have trips booked in the next two weeks for the purpose of getting to and from school, social/recreational, shopping, or other needs will be contacted to postpone their trips.  Any senior citizen needing to access their local senior center to obtain a “pick-up” only meal, should call Freedom Transit at (724) 223-8747 to schedule a ride


The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is implementing the following operational changes in response to Governor Tom Wolf’s mitigation guidance regarding COVID-19.

All Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in Pennsylvania will be closed for two weeks. Additionally, expiration dates for driver licenses, identification cards, vehicle registrations, and safety and emission inspections will be extended:

Driver licenses, photo ID cards and learner’s permits scheduled to expire through March 31, 2020; the expiration date is now extended until April 30, 2020.

Vehicle registrations, safety inspections and emissions inspections scheduled to expire from through March 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until April 30, 2020.

Persons with Disabilities Parking Placards scheduled to expire through March 31, 2020, the expiration date is now extended until April 30, 2020.

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Gospel Alliance Church (GAC) has begun offering drive-thru prayer times. Located right along Route 51 south and Fells Church Road in Belle Vernon, community and church members are able to pull right in and drive around to a prayer station.  “As the pandemic evolves daily many are feeling lonely, disconnected or overwhelmed,” says Pastor Bob. “We are offering a safe place to drive thru and be prayed for.  Let’s care for each other during these uncertain times.”  Sundays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m./Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m./Fridays 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Nothing will be handed out and social distancing will be observed.

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First United Presbyterian Church of Houston  will be closed Sunday, March 29. Join them for online worship at: houstonpresbyterian.org.

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The Washington County Treasurer’s Office will be closed to the public until further notice. However the office remains open for processing your tax payments.  Citizens can pay their tax bills by either mailing it in, paying online, or placing it into the DROP BOX located outside the Treasurer’s office.  In addition, Washington County will extend the 2% discount period of resident’s real estate tax payments until April 30, 2020.  The thirty-day extension is in response to the COVID 19 virus and the challenges placed on us all.  If you have a special need you can call the office and make an appointment. 724-228-6780.

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The city of Washington and its parking authority have put two bagged meters at every restaurant in downtown Washington in an effort to make it easier for customers to get their orders.

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The Elks Club in Washington will be closing their dining room until April 2. However they will be offering takeout Thursday, Friday & Saturdays.