Mars Borough is endeavoring to follow CDC guidelines for masks and social distancing.
In order to help residents find reliable information regarding the coronavirus COVID-19, we are providing the following links and documents directly to trusted and reliable organizations and information.
NOTE: As of 2021 these resources are not being updated regularly.
Below are resources from trusted sources. If you have a suggestion for a reliable source of information that does not appear on this page and you believe it would be beneficial to the local community, please email us at BoroughofMars@gmail.com. If you have sent an email and not received a reply or do not see your link here, please be patient. Our staff is working hard to update these links as soon as possible. We appreciate your consideration and understanding during this ever-evolving situation. We wish you all good health!
World Health Organization COVID-19 Dashboard: https://covid19.who.int/
World Health Organization COVID-19 Outbreak: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
CDC Coronavirus COVID-19 FAQ: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html
CDC COVID-19 Information: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html
CDC How It Spreads: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/transmission.html
CDC Implementation of Mitigation Strategies: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/community-mitigation-strategy.pdf (PDF)
OTHER WORLD/FEDERAL ORGANIZATIONS
United States Postal Service (USPS): https://www.usps.com/
National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases: https://www.niaid.nih.gov/
FTC Post Regarding Checks from the Government: https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/03/checks-government
FTC Post Regarding Coronavirus Scams (part 1): https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/02/coronavirus-scammers-follow-headlines
FTC Post Regarding Coronavirus Scams (part 2): https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/blog/2020/03/ftc-coronavirus-scams-part-2
Pennsylvania COVID-19 Dashboard
Pennsylvania COVID-19 Bing Map Data
Governor Tom Wolf’s Office
Plan for Reopening Pennsylvania: https://www.governor.pa.gov/plan-for-pennsylvania/
Governor Tom Wolf Newsroom: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/
Stay at Home Order Extended to May 8, 2020: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-extend-statewide-stay-at-home-order-until-may-8/
Stay at Home Order information: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#StayatHomeOrder
Governor Wolf Orders All Non-Life Sustaining Businesses to shut down: https://www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/all-non-life-sustaining-businesses-in-pennsylvania-to-close-physical-locations-as-of-8-pm-today-to-slow-spread-of-covid-19/
Senator Bob Casey
COVID-19 Resources: https://www.casey.senate.gov/coronavirus (includes resources for nonprofits, small business owners, unemployment compensation, healthcare workers, housing and food assistance, and much more)
Pennsylvania Department of Health
PA Department of Health Coronavirus page: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/Pages/Coronavirus.aspx (see the map below for counties where cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed)
COVID-19 Resources for Businesses: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Businesses.aspx
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
Commonwealth of PA COVID-19 Resources: https://dced.pa.gov/resources/
Commonwealth of PA Responding to COVID-19 page: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/
PAcast COVID-19 Community Preparedness and Procedures Materials: https://pacast.com/m?p=17885
PA Department of Human Services COVID-19 Response, Guidance, and Actions (updated 03/17/2020): https://mcusercontent.com/157544a21149a820e825cf5a1/files/8a265a76-ab86-491e-b0a6-5741a525a5e6/PA_Dept._of_Hunman_Services.pdf (PDF)
Help Stop the Spread: https://www.health.pa.gov/topics/disease/coronavirus/Pages/Stop-the-Spread.aspx
Pennsylvania Unemployment Compensation
PA UC Employee Guidance: https://www.uc.pa.gov/Pages/covid19.aspx
PA UC Employer Guidance: https://www.uc.pa.gov/COVID-19/Pages/Employer-COVID19-FAQs.aspx
COVID-19 Relief PA Statewide Small Business Assistance
View eligibility requirements and access the application here: https://pabusinessgrants.com/
Butler County Alert Center: https://www.butlercountypa.gov/AlertCenter.aspx
Butler County 03/18/2020 Press Conference: https://www.butlercountypa.gov/AlertCenter.aspx?AID=Press-Conference-March-18th-Butler-Count-15
Butler County Tourism & Conention Bureau: https://www.visitbutlercounty.com/covid-19
Stay at Home Order (Butler County is included): https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/#StayatHomeOrder
Mayor Hartung signs Declaration of Disaster Emergency
On Wednesday, March 25, 2020, the Honorable Mayor Gregg Hartung signed a Declaration of Disaster Emergency. You can read it and his statement to residents here.
In May 2020, Mars Borough Council allowed Mayor Hartung’s original Declaration of Disaster Emergency to expire, siting that the Borough would fall under the Emergency Declaration made by the Governor of Pennsylvania.
Statement regarding Mars Borough Administration:
Due to the coronavirus COVID-19, Mars Borough will be taking measures to keep the community and our employees safe.
We are closing our offices to visitors effective immediately, however employees will be maintaining regular hours to keep Borough operations going.
As of July 2021 the Mars Borough Office of Administration is open to the public. Masks are required if you are unvaccinated. Masks are not required, but are recommended, if you are fully vaccinated.
For Real Estate Tax questions you can contact Mars Borough Tax Collector, Renea Pomeroy, at 724-487-5518.
Statement regarding Mars Borough Police:
Please know that the Mars Police Department is closely monitoring all aspects of the current COVID-19 situation.
Going forward, the Mars Police will be first attempting to resolve non-emergency incidents with a phone call. If the incident cannot be resolved over the phone, an officer will then respond directly. Officers will still respond directly to all emergency calls.
Officers will also still respond directly to all emergency medical calls along with EMT’s. Officers will also continue to respond to non-emergency medical calls to ensure the safety of Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT’s) but will take measures to limit direct contact with patients during these types of calls.
All patrol and traffic enforcement duties will continue without restriction.
These few updates are meant to prevent Officers from becoming infected and possibly cross-contaminating residents through unnecessary contact. Residents should not hesitate to call police and always call 911 for police response.
As of 2021, the Mars Borough Police Department continues to respond to all emergency and non-emergency calls. The Police Department is open to the public, however it is recommended, as always, that you dial 911 even in non-emergency situations to have an officer dispatched or respond.
Statement regarding Mars Borough Public Works:
Mars Borough Public Works will continue to serve the Mars Borough community. We know many residents often stop to ask Public Works employees questions when they see them working around the Borough, however we are now requesting that you follow social distancing guidelines to help protect our employees as well as the community.
Statement regarding Mars Borough Water:
Mars Borough Water will continue to flow without interruption. Borough employees are following CDC guidelines in all departments, including the water department. According to the DEP, there is no concern that drinking water may be contaminated (https://www.epa.gov/coronavirus/coronavirus-and-drinking-water-and-wastewater#main-content). Mars Borough is proud to have a Class A Operator, the highest license in Pennsylvania, running our water plant. Should there be any developments we will update the community immediately.
Statement regarding Mars Borough Parks:
Effective immediately, all Mars Borough parks are closed.
All Mars Borough Parks are open for regular use during hours posted at each park.
Adams Township: http://www.adamstwp.org/
Allegheny Health Network: https://www.ahn.org/coronavirus
Butler Health System: https://www.butlerhealthsystem.org/CoronaVirus.aspx
Mars Area Public Library
Mars Area Public Library: https://www.marsarealibrary.org/
Mars Area Public Library Practical & Fun Resources: https://mailchi.mp/8fd2ea1e92d7/shoe-drive-794714?e=7836607681
Mars Area School District
Mars Area School District: https://www.marsk12.org/
Armstrong COVID-19 Statement: https://armstrongonewire.com/COVID19
Armstrong Data Allowance & Hot Spot Statement: https://armstrongonewire.com/COVID19-DataAllowances (You can check the location of local Hot Spots on the map below.)
Consolidated Communications Coronavirs Updates: https://www.consolidated.com/support/alerts/coronavirus-updates/customer-information
First Energy (Penn Power) Statment: https://www.firstenergycorp.com/content/fecorp/newsroom/news_articles/firstenergy-committed-to-maintaining-24-7-service-to-customers-t.html
Mars Borough Water Department: http://marsborough.com/water-department/
Municipal Water Authority of Adams Township: https://www.mwaat.com/csa/authoritys-response-coronavirus-crisis
Peoples Gas: https://www.peoples-gas.com/COVID.php
PA American Water: https://amwater.com/paaw/news-community/pa_news_feed/id/5467054
If you have a small business that would like to be linked here to let the public know if you are closed or if you are maintaining open hours, please email us at BoroughofMars@gmail.com to be included on this page. If you have sent an email and not received a reply or do not see your link here, please be patient. Our staff is working hard to update these links as soon as possible. We appreciate your consideration and understanding during this ever-evolving situation. We wish you all good health!
Mars Agway: https://www.facebook.com/MarsAgway/
Mars Brew House: https://www.facebook.com/Mars-Brew-House-256928854390809/
The Peachtree Creamery & Bakery: https://www.facebook.com/thepeachtreecreamery/
Pfeifer Hardware: https://www.facebook.com/PfeiferHardwareMars/
Revamp Decor: https://www.facebook.com/RD1900s/
Social Club Barbershop: https://www.facebook.com/SocialClubBarbershopMars/