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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**                               CONTACT: ADAM BILLS
                                                                                    CHAIRMAN- BOARD OF SUPERVISORS
March 12, 2020                                                         (717) 768-8222
The Paradise Township Board of Supervisors has been closely monitoring the spread of the Coronavirus. Fortunately, there have been no confirmed cases in Paradise Township or Lancaster County. 
However, each day brings new confirmed cases in Pennsylvania. It is a matter of time before the Coronavirus reaches our area. Now is the time we need to do all we can to impede the spread of the virus into our community.
On Saturday, March 14, 2020, the Gordonville Fire & EMS will host its annual mud sale. The Paradise Township Board of Supervisors strongly encourages the cancellation of this event.
We understand that this is a day circled on many calendars. This mud sale attracts thousands of attendees not only from our area, but from all over the Mid-Atlantic region—including regions which have seen increasingly high numbers of confirmed cases of the Coronavirus.
Furthermore, as leaders of our community, we believe it is essential to protect our residents, which includes avoiding mass attended events such as a mud sale during a time when the Coronavirus is quickly spreading. The activities at the sale bring individuals in close proximity of each other. As a highly contagious virus, it takes only one infected individual to bring the Coronavirus into our community.
We believe residents should continue with their normal everyday activities and practice healthy hygiene—wash your hands often, cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay home when you are sick so you do not affect others. However, as a community, we need to be proactive and do our part to impede the spread of the Coronavirus, including having mass events such as a mud sale.
Public health and safety is our top priority. We will continue to stay updated on Coronavirus outbreak, and will take necessary steps to keep the residents of Paradise Township safe.