CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

UPDATED 4/2/2020 @ 1:45 pm

The information keeps coming rapidly.  After Governor Wolf’s latest “Stay-At-Home” mandate that started April 1, 2020 @ 8pm, we are not longer using the gym as a way to instruct remotely at this time.  Sorry to get your hopes up.  We will be releasing further information tomorrow Friday April 3, 2020 about steps moving forward with BVRA COVID-19 Programming & Facility Continuance Plan.  Here is Governor Wolf’s latest mandate for the State of PA.  Please stay safe and stay home if you are able to do so! ~BVRA Staff

UPDATED 3/31/2020 @ 12 pm

March 31, 2020

Dear BVRA Families and Friends:

Two days ago, Sunday, March 29, President Trump announced that the United States would continue following CDC recommendations and Social Distancing until at least April 30, 2020.  In addition, yesterday, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania Schools were postponed indefinitely for now and we are following the guidelines to maintain Social Distancing through April 30, 2020, as well as continuing to stay closed if the company is a non-essential, non life supporting business.

We are currently looking at ways to offer some on-line program options with our Gymnastics Director, John Rowe and two of his Gymnastics Instructors, Jessica Guffey and Kelcie Angstadt to keep our gymnastics team members and other gymnastics program members engaged with their instructors.  In addition, our Martial Arts Instructors Jeff Ramsey and Brien Reynolds are going to be offering remote instruction to their students who are enrolled in their classes. Once these interim program options are ready to go, your instructors will be in contact with you so that you know how to join in the fun.

We appreciate your patience and hope that you and your families are healthy and staying safe by practicing the CDC recommended steps and Social Distancing so that we can do our part in “flattening the curve” and beating COVID-19.

Since the office is currently closed, if you need to reach BVRA staff members please use the following email addresses.

Shirley Brough – director@bvrec.org

Tony Stafford – pool@bvrec.org

John Rowe – gymdirector@bvrec.org

Jessica Guffey – teamcoordinator@bvrec.org

Kelcie Angstadt-Bennett – gymrec@bvrec.org

If you should have any questions, please email Shirley Brough, Executive Director at director@bvrec.org. 

Best Regards,

Shirley Nelson Brough, Executive Director

UPDATED 3/31/2020 @ 10 am

Last week Governor Wolf had extended school closures until April 14, 2020.  On Sunday the 29, 2020 the President stated the social distancing will stay in place at least until the end of April.  As of yesterday March 30, 2020, Governor Wolf followed the same process but took it one step further by closing down schools indefinitely and non-essential businesses indefinitely.  There are stay at home orders for 26 counties.  Union County is not on a stay at home order as of now.  Evangelical hospital recently announced their statistics on the virus locally.

With this news BVRA is continuing to follow the mandates.  We are closed at this time.  Our focus has shifted to summer programming with pool operations, summer camps, and special summer events.

We wish everyone the best during this difficult time.  ~BVRA Staff

UPDATED 3/20/2020 @ 12:45 pm

Yesterday Governor Wolf sent out a new public announcement in a form of a video.  Click here for Governor Wolf’s message.

With that new message the Greenspace Center (the old Lewisburg High School) has been closed.   BVRA’s main office is in this space and at this time we no longer have access to our office or any facilities in that space.

BVRA in coordination with the Lewisburg Borough have also closed the local community park on the corner of St. Mary’s Street and 15th Street.  We ask you at this time, please do not use the playground, parks, pavilions, parking lots, or walkways for any recreational activity.  Please keep social distancing and stay home for the time being.  In the long term this will be helpful to resolving the entire COVID-19 virus situation.

We wish you the best in your recreation endeavors. Please take care of yourself.  ~BVRA Staff

UPDATED 3/18/2020 @ 9:00 am

March 17, 2020 was a BVRA transition day (Happy Saint Patrick’s day!).  Our full time staff have shifted work functions to our homes.  We are still answering emails and checking messages to carry on our business during the states non-essential business closure.  Our focus is on the summer programming.

As for the COVID-19 update.  We are following the Pennsylvania Department of Health website updates and Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 resource page. Union County has also started their resource page.  Geisinger in Danville recently announced they have their first presumed cases and their resource page.  BVRA will be following suggestions from these resources as we move forward with our decision making process.

That is all we have for now.  Please take care and do your best to follow the guidelines set forth in the resources above. ~BVRA Staff

UPDATED 3/16/2020 @ 3:30 pm

In coordination with Governor Wolf’s recent public announcement BVRA will be closing our main offices, parks, gyms, and fields starting at 4:30 pm March 16, 2020.

From the announcement this closure is put in place until March 30 @ 11:59 pm, 2020.

If all goes well we would reopen for business March 31, 2020.

In the meantime we will put all refunds on hold with the hopes we can make up classes when we restart on March 31, 2020.

Click here to see the press announcement by Wolf. We are sorry for any inconvenience this brings. Please stay safe and take care of each other.

If you have any questions or concerns we will be checking this email at: director@bvrec.org and checking messages sporadically at 570-524-4774.

UPDATED 3/16/2020 @ 1:00 pm

We are continuing to monitor the situation about Coronavirus.  Governor Wolf on Saturday released this public announcement.

As of today (March 16, 2020) the Governor has includes Allegheny County in the announcement.  Please if you are exhibiting any signs or symptoms please follow the guidelines outlined on the PA Department of Health website.

Our goal is to continue assessing the situation and make adjustments as further details come to light.  Thank you for your patience.  ~BVRA Staff

UPDATED 3/13/2020 @ 4:35 pm

Due to Governor Wolf’s Announcement BVRA is making programming decisions as follows

BVRA Coronavirus Public Announcement

In an effort to strike a balance between maintaining Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA) programming and protecting the community from the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), BVRA is making decisions in keeping with guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Governor Tom Wolf announced this afternoon that all Pennsylvania schools will be shut down for two (2) weeks starting on Monday.

Currently, BVRA is running programming through Sunday, March 15, 2020 unless additional information warrants a change. If you are participating in BVRA programs and your School District was closed (Shikellamy and Midd-West) on Friday, March 13, 2020, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND your scheduled BVRA program.  Please call and speak with our staff to discuss your anticipated return to the BVRA program(s).

BVRA will follow the Lewisburg School District schedule and comply with the Governor’s ruling to suspend all BVRA programming for two weeks, including the gymnastics center.  Every effort will be made to reschedule programming.  Please stay connected to our email communications, BVRA website (www.bvrec.org), social media, and local media outlets to access when our programs would be resumed or rescheduled.

For this weekend, to protect the community, any participant/family member suffering from symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, funny nose, cough, & shortness of breath) is asked not to attend any BVRA programming, playground & park facility, and the gymnastics center.  If community members access the BVRA park & playground area, it is a play at your own risk space.

If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Brough, Executive Director at director@bvec.org.