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March 18, 2020

How to Stay Safe and Support the KOP Community During COVID-19 Shutdown

By Eric Goldstein, Executive Director, King of Prussia District
aerial view of King of Prussia mall

We at King of Prussia District are incredibly concerned for the health and well-being of the employees and residents within our district during this uncertain time. Our first priority is to do what we can to limit the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) by monitoring and adopting the recommendations from public health officials. The old adage “knowledge is power,” has never been more appropriate. Heeding the most recent recommendations will #flattenthecurve and lessen the impacts on businesses, employees and residents. Here are the resources we are turning to right now:

  • Montgomery County’s COVID-19 microsite is quite comprehensive, offering everything from information about getting tested, to guidance for small businesses and larger employers.
  • The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC)’s site is also rich with resources for how to plan, prepare and respond to coronavirus, and offers recommendations tailored to different audiences.
  • Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is using their Facebook page to give live updates from Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and supplement the information available on their website.

Even during this time of social distancing, there are ways to support our fellow community members while following the guidance from public health officials regarding social distancing and proper health etiquette. Here are some suggestions:

  • Consider making a donation (food or financial) to the Upper Merion Area Community Cupboard (UMACC), a food pantry open to anyone who lives within the boundaries of the Upper Merion Area School District and is hungry or food insufficient. UMACC is seeing an incredible demand right now.
  • While dining out is not an option, many of your favorite restaurants are open for curbside carry-out or delivery. We’ve compiled a list of restaurants that are open (subject to change) here. If you are a restaurant offering carry-out or delivery, contact us to be added to this list.
  • If you chose to order in or carry out, please consider tipping the restaurant staff as generously as you can. Restaurant staff, who depend almost solely on gratuity, were among the first to feel the effects of conronavirus closures and restrictions.
  • Consider supporting local small businesses that you love by purchasing gift cards online, if available.
  • Use your social platforms to share the ways that you’re responsibly supporting the community, so that others can be inspired to do the same.

Again, our collective first priority must be to adhere to the health and safety recommendations set by our public health officials in order to stop the spread of COVID-19. If you are exhibiting signs of illness, please act responsibility and prioritize your health and others by staying home. The long-term health of this community and its businesses, employees and residents depends on it.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please email