[Photo Story] Quiet Lebanon as county stays home to slow coronavirus spread

3 min read5,445 views and 175 shares Posted March 20, 2020

Lebanon County got quiet this week as businesses shut down to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

All photos by Will Trostel.

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The Lebanon Valley Mall has been closed until further notice in compliance with the state’s order for non-life sustaining businesses. Mancino’s remains open for curbside pickup and delivery through DoorDash. PriceRite also remains open.

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The new Rutter’s in West Lebanon Township was supposed to have a grand opening ceremony this month, but the event was cancelled due to COVID-19. There was not much activity at the gas station when we visited Thursday.

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Schools across the state have been closed this week, but Lebanon County school districts have taken steps to ensure kids stay fed.

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The Lebanon Valley Family YMCA has been closed until at least March 29.

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Lebanon Transit has continued to operate. The transit authority is operating under a modified schedule and continues to disinfectant vehicles and public areas each day, as well as providing disinfectant wipes for riders.

Many churches are also feeling the effect of the virus and cancelling or significantly modifying programming and fundraising efforts. Here is a fundraiser that’s now “takeout only.”

Home Depot remained open when we visited Thursday.

Fast food dining rooms will remain closed, however drive-throughs are still open like this on at Wendys on East Lehman.

Walmart is currently open 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily.

Many churches, like St. Matthews Church on East Lehman, are also feeling the effect of the virus and closing down planned events and services.

Playgrounds throughout the county remain empty due to fears of viral spread.

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