March 22 COVID-19 Cancellations, Closures and Changes

March 22 COVID-19 Cancellations, Closures and Changes

Local hospitals are restricting visitors until further notice as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. With schools closed and any type of pubic event or gathering now prohibited, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau has a suggestion for virtual gatherings and fun on its Facebook page. Some churches are going to live Facebook feeds of Sunday morning sermons.

Check it all out below.

Washington Township

WASHINGTON TWP PD: Per Washington Township Supervisors – All Township Parks are closed at this time until further notice.

Franklin County Visitors Bureau

With activities and events across the county (and the tri-state area), the Franklin County Visitors Bureau has some suggestions for fun stay-at-home activities for kids, teens and adults alike.

For Kids, Make a “Flat Ben”

Franklin County is named for Ben Franklin. Flat Ben is the ultimate ambassador of Franklin County. He is Franklin County’s version of Flat Stanley. Click here to print Ben. Color him and cut him out. Then, make him a part of what you are doing. Snap a picture of what you and Flat Ben are doing…planting seeds, cooking, singing, or just being silly. Send your shots of you and Flat Ben to Be sure to tell us a quick description of what you and Flat Ben are doing and include your first name and last initial or the initials of your first, middle, and last name. We will post these on Fun in Franklin County on and


For Teens, Adults and Just About Everyone (Including Kids)

What are you doing this weekend? Share with us! We’d love to brighten up everyone’s day with a showcase of your talents!

Join the Franklin County virtual event to showcase your many talents! This social event is not only for Franklin County residents but for EVERYONE! Spread joy through the things you’re passionate about! We hope to see you on Franklin County’s Virtual Talent Showcase. Join the event on our page and send your photos and videos!

Waynesboro Businesses and Organizations

The Endless Shop & TriState Event Planning Services has closed until April 1 or until the Pennsylvania Governor has released all nonessential businesses to once again reopen.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church: The church is closed. However, they will be holding worship via Facebook Live on Sunday mornings at 10:30 am. They will also be posting information on their FaceBook page. Please contact Linda Watkins at 717-830-2544 for information.

Rough Edges Brewing is operating with modified hours for carryout and delivery only. They sell all of their beers in 32 oz. growlers. You can order via Facebook messenger or send an email. You can prepay or pay when you pick up.

WellSpan Hospitals

Effective Immediately, the health system has made the following access changes at its eight hospitals:

  • Prohibiting all visitation, with certain clinical exceptions (noted below)
  • Suspending all volunteer activities
  • Allowing on-site visits only from approved and screened third-party vendors
  • Restricting deliveries of food, flowers only if they can be left with staff at the main entrances outside hospital entry Monday-Friday 8-4p.m. (Staff ordering food delivery must prepare to pick up from delivery at the exterior entrance, not in the hospital lobby.)

These measures are effective at the following WellSpan Health hospitals: WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital, WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital, WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital, WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital, WellSpan Philhaven, WellSpan Surgery and Rehabilitation Hospital, WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital and WellSpan York Hospital.

Visitors are not able at this time to visit hospital inpatient areas. Limited exceptions to this include:

  • Obstetric patients may have one partner and/or one birth support person, accompanying them throughout their admission and care. (Only one designated partner will be allowed in the Labor or patient room at a time.)
  • Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients’ visitors will be limited to parents or legal guardians (a total of 2, no other guests or siblings) with no obvious signs of illness or travel. Only one of the identified parents or guardians will be allowed in the NICU at a time.
  • Patients who are nearing the end-of-life may have one visitor in unit or room at a time. Families are asked to not have large numbers of family at the hospital in waiting areas.
  • Minor patients under age 18 may have one visitor at a time, to be only parent or guardian.
  • Inpatients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor on the day of procedure who must leave the hospital as soon as possible after the post procedure or surgery visit.
  • Patients who have an appointment at a hospital-based infusion room, as well as those visiting the Emergency Department, may have one person accompany them and if in ER, will likely not be in the core ER patient rooms.
  • Clergy will only be permitted to visit inpatients who are nearing end of life situations. Eucharistic Ministers will not be able to visit for communion at this time.
  • If any patient on the exception list is being tested or treated for COVID-19, they may not have visitors.

No one under age 18 (except if that minor is the parent of a patient) is permitted to visit WellSpan hospitals, including in waiting areas.

All visitors in the excepted categories will be screened at designated entrances before being issued a visitor badge each time they visit.