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Berks County COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Resource Hub

Mar 16, 2020

🔴 ‘Stay at Home’ order issued for Berks County


BCTV is committed to providing community information access while our area responds to the developing COVID-19 situation. We are striving to keep all information up to date and provide a reliable local resource for citizens. We hope that this page is helpful to you, and provides the guidance you need while making decisions during this uncertain time.

As schedule updates and closures are occurring rapidly, please check directly with organizations, companies, or hosts for changes to events and business hours.

All information is subject to change. Be Informed, and please Be Well!

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______________________________________________________________________________ – Latest guidelines, government updates, and safety information.

Centers for Disease Control – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is the leading national public health institute of the United States.

World Health Organization – How to use masks, myth busters, healthy parenting, and workplace readiness

Pennsylvania Department of Health – Information and updates regarding coronavirus, specific to Pennsylvania including county by county case numbers.

Berks County Department of Emergency Services – Important news and updates for Berks County.

Berks Launches COVID19 Help Center – The purpose of the call center is to provide the public with resources to address a variety of issues that may arise as a result of the Coronavirus/COVID19 Health Emergency.

Greater Reading Chamber Alliance – Resource Center for Businesses and Industry


JUST ADDED: ‘Stay at Home’ Orders extend to Additional Counties, Extend School Closures Indefinitely

JUST ADDED: 693 New Positives Bring Statewide Total to 4,087

Pennsylvania is Reinforcing the Health Care System to Fight COVID-19

PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates on Driver Licenses, ID Cards, Registrations and Other Products

Governor and Health Secretary Expand ‘Stay at Home’ Order to include Berks

Temporary Essential Jobs Available in Berks County

Tower Health Adds New COVID-19 Assessment Site in Reading

Pennsylvania’s Food Supply is Reliable, Accessible, and Life-Sustaining

Tax Day now July 15: Treasury, IRS extend filing deadline and federal tax payments

Temporary Changes to Medical Marijuana Program for Cardholders During COVID-19

UPDATED WITH LINK TO REVISED BUSINESS CLOSURE LIST: All Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses in Pennsylvania to Close Physical Locations as of 8pm Thursday, March 19 to Slow Spread of COVID-19 

Penn State Health St. Joseph Opens Drive-Thru COVID-19 Testing Location

Pennsylvania Pressroom –  Voters can instead request a mail-in ballot, the commonwealth’s new voting option.

Mayor Eddie Moran and Reading Parking Authority Announce Changes Due to Coronavirus Outbreak

Talking with children about Coronavirus Disease 2019

Kids Corner – Educational Resources for Home

These Berks County schools are providing lunches to students during coronavirus shutdown (Reading Eagle)

Office of Unemployment Compensation – If you are employed in Pennsylvania and are unable to work because of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), you may be eligible for Unemployment or Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Reading Area Water Authority – Offering free potable water to customers that would like to fill containers for drinking purposes or any other customer need.

Beginning Monday March 16, 2020 at 8:00 am through 8:00 pm, the RAWA portable Water Buffalo will be available to residents wishing to fill containers with clean, safe drinking water.   The Water Buffalo will be available 7 days a week until further notice. Location:   1801 Kutztown Rd, Reading PA  19604

Questions can be answered from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. 610-406-6300

Updates and Announcements from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Consumer Tool to Combat Coronavirus Price Gouging


VIDEO: City of Reading COVID-19 Press Conference 3/20/20

VIDEO: Berks County Commissioners’ Meeting 03-19-20

VIDEO: COVID-19 Press Conference & Reading City Council Emergency Meeting 3-16-20

VIDEO: Tips to Help Prevent the Spread of Infectious Disease (ENGLISH)

VIDEO: Tips to Help Prevent the Spread of Infectious Disease (SPANISH)

VIDEO: Berks County Commissioners’ Meeting 03-12-20

VIDEO: Berks County COVID-19 Press Conference 3/13/20


Closures & Changes

All Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses in Pennsylvania to Close Physical Locations as of 8pm Thursday, March 19 to Slow Spread of COVID-19  A list of businesses and whether or not they may continue physical operations is here.

Tower Health – Information on COVID-19: Implements Heightened Visitation Restrictions.

Penn State Health St. Joseph – Information on COVID-19 and visitor restrictions. Penn State Health temporarily closing or consolidating select patient sites


Albright College – All classes online through April 5.

Alvernia University all in-person instruction, except for certain, limited clinical instruction, is suspended for the remainder of the semesterAll classes will continue online. All events scheduled at the University through May are suspended. Including Commencement activities.    

UPDATED: BARTABARTA will begin operating Saturday Schedule starting Monday, March 30 Beginning Monday, March 23, 2020, BARTA will implement a “Rear Door Entry Policy” for all bus routes. If anyone does need assistance and needs to use the front door they will be allowed.  Please ask the driver to activate the kneeler.

Also, on March 23, 2020, BARTA Bus Service will not collect fares on any of the bus routes..  Free Fares for all bus routes will begin Monday, March 23rd and continue until further notice.

Following the closure of East Penn Manufacturing, the BARTA Route 22/Lyon Station/East Penn-Deka will not operate after 3 p.m. Friday, March 20, 2020.

Berks County Community Foundation – Will temporarily close its community conference center at Third and Court streets in Reading and will continue to function under its emergency operations plan.

Berks County Courts -Jury trials in the Berks County Court of Common Pleas, 23rd Judicial District of Pennsylvania, for the remainder of week are cancelled.  Many, but not all, hearings are being continued.

Berks County Public Libraries – Book Bonanza will suspend the collection of books effective immediately, and will determine the best time to resume collections for the July fundraiser at a later date.

JUST ADDED: Berks Encore – Berks Encore Senior Community Centers are closed for senior activities including bingo, cards, crafts, exercise, and lunch. Take out lunch will be provided between 10 am – 12 noon if it was ordered.

Berks History Center – Closed to the public after Saturday, March 14th. Both the museum at 940 Centre Avenue and research library located in the Henry Janssen Library building at 160 Spring Street will remain closed for 2 weeks and plan to resume normal business hours beginning the week of March 30th.

Berks County Parks – Berks County parks remain open but events within them are canceled to March 31.

Berks Connections / Pretrial Services (BCPS) – Office will be closing as of March 17 and will reopen on March 30th.

Boscov’s Berks Jazz Fest – Has been postponed and rescheduled until April 9-18, 2021.

Centro Hispano – Centro Hispano Daniel Torres’ Large Events, Senior Center and Community Programs Planned in March Will be Postponed, Cancelled, or Closed to  Protect Public Health.

Customers Bank – All Customers Bank branches will switch to appointment-only service. Drive-thru service will also remain available at five branches. There is no change to regular business hours. ATMs and night-deposit services remain available

Habitat for Humanity of Berks County – ReStore will be closed effective immediately until March 22 and Birdhouse Challenge event is postponed.

Humane Pennsylvania – Will be dramatically scaling back operations until Monday, March 30.

Hopewell Furnace National Historic SiteVisitor Center and all publicly accessible buildings are closed until further notice. Where it is possible to adhere to the latest health guidance, the trails will be available Wednesday through Sunday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Updates for National Parks Service operations available at

Jewish Federation – Events canceled through mid-April.

John Paul II Currently the school-age program is closed for two weeks (through March 27th). The adult program is closed this week (through March 20th).

Kutztown University – Face-to-face classes suspended, converting to online instruction for the remainder of the semester.

Literacy Council of Berks – Dwight Street, Trinity Lutheran Church, Muhlenberg Elementary Center, and Wilson Southern Middle School are canceled through March 30th.

Olivet Boys & Girls Clubs –  Closed through March 16; all activities canceled.

Penn State BerksPenn State is extending remote course delivery through the spring semester. Spring commencement ceremony plans are postponed.

Reading Area Community College – Extended Spring Break through March 23. Classes will then resume online only. All events at The Miller Center for the Arts through April 17 are canceled.

Reading Downtown Improvement District (RDID) – Will close its public office on 3/17 until further notice. Ambassador Duties will continue as scheduled. For Ambassador Services, please contact:484-955-0315.

Reading Fightin’ Phils – Minor League Baseball announced a delay to the start of the 2020 Eastern League season.

Reading Royals – Suspended the 2019-20 Season for the safety of Fans, Players, and Employees.

Reading Public Library – Locations will be closed for in-person service from March 14 to March 29. All Berks County Public Libraries will implement automatic renewals for eligible library materials beginning March 16, 2020.

Safe Berks – For victims of domestic violence and sexual assault who are seeking our free crisis services, we ask you to call our 24-hour hotline at 844-789-SAFE (7233) or text SAFE BERKS to 20121. All Counseling Support Groups are postponed at this time, but free individual counseling is still available.

Senator Judy Schwank Office – Office Open for Calls, E-mail Only Effective Tuesday, March 17.

South Mountain YMCA – Will be closing Camp for the next 2 weeks (at least). Reach Out For Youth Kick-Off Party Thursday, as well as our Spring Clean-Up Day are canceled. 

Tompkins VIST Bank – Will transition to serving customers by drive-up or appointment only by March 20. To make an appointment, customers may call their preferred branch or the Tompkins VIST Bank Care Center at 1-888-238-3330

Wyomissing Borough Hall  – Is closed to the public until further notice.

YMCA Reading Berks – YMCA of Reading and Berks County and all branches will remain closed until March 30, 2020. Childcare is also closed.

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