During these uncertain times, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau wishes to provide you with information and resources. Please check back regularly.

Franklin County Area Development Corportion (FCADC) is monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on local employers and workers and is updating information as it is released from policymakers and healthcare professionals.

For more County and State information, please visit:

The Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA) Board of Directors took action to make $61 Million available for working capital loans to small businesses.  Small businesses are defined as for-profit businesses with fewer than 100 employees (WORLDWIDE) at the time of application.  While not specified in the guidelines, the interest rate will be 0% except for Ag Producers, which shall have a rate of 2%. 

All applications need to be submitted by and through a certified area loan organization, which in the case of Franklin County is the Franklin County Area Development Corporation (FCADC).  The FCADC office is working remotely, which will likely create some logistical challenges associated with the loan packaging, but their staff will be doing the best they can to mitigate them.

The program guidelines and the REQUIRED addendums are on the FCADC website at  If you have any questions or require additional assistance, please call the FCADC office.

Alternative Choices

Here is our latest info and protocols.

We are considered Essential during the closures but have set up some specific protocols and hours. For our safety and yours we are doing curbside service much like the restaurants. You can either call ahead (encouraged) or knock or ring our doorbell and we will be happy to pick items for you.
Store hours for now
Mon-Fri  10am – 4pm 
Sat 9am – 2pm
We will be closed this Saturday, April 11th to allow employees a much deserved break. We ask that you please adhere to Gov. Wolfs mandate and wear a mask (if you are in need of one we are expecting some very soon) Most of all Stay Well Thank you to everyone who has been supporting us during this time. Check our Facebook page for other helpful info and updates!

PEMA (Pennsylania Emergency Management Association) and FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Association) are working to collect information from hotels interested in offering their lodging for lease should they be needed in this crisis. Here are two links to access forms to get their information and resources to these agencies:

Open Federal Information Here (FEMA)

Open State Information Here (PEMA)

Hotels for Hope, an initiative of the American Hotel Lodging Association, provides good information relative to the FEMA and PEMA uses of lodging facilities in relation to the COVID-19 cirsis.  Hotels For Hope



The PA Chamber is making two urgent requests of businesses across Pennsylvania:

  1. We are imploring businesses that have access to or a supply of N95 masks, eye gear, medical gowns and medical gloves and do not anticipate the need to utilize these items in the near future to donate them to their local hospitals. At the moment, a shortage of these items is resulting in health care providers having to wear the same PPE for hours on end, heightening their risk of contracting the virus. If you are able to assist in this crucial request, please email Any questions may be directed to Joe Tibbs, President of HAPEvolve, who is coordinating the effort on behalf of HAP.
  2. We are urging all businesses that believe they are able to turn their existing supply chain into the PPE output that the health care industry so desperately needs to please contact PA Chamber Government Affairs Director Kevin Sundayat 717 645-2071 or

The Old Jail cleanup day scheduled for March 30 & 31 has been postponed. 

As COVID-19 continues to impact our community, United Way of Franklin County is connecting people to resources and information. We are also working together with nonprofit, government, educational, and business partners to provide a collective response to COVID-19 in Franklin County. ​

This site serves as a COVID-19 community resource. Here, you can access updates on COVID-19 news, volunteer opportunities, ways you can help, and more.

Before accessing any part of the Appalachian Trail, please chedk the Responding to COVID-19 portion of the ATC website here.

Appalachian Trail News Release – Closings

The Appalachian Trail, given its ever-increasing popularity over the past weeks, is no longer a viable space to practice social distancing.

ATC staff and Trail volunteers have been recalled from the A.T. and cannot maintain the footpath, trailheads, shelters and privies that may be heavily\ impacted by increased visitor use.The A.T. is not a separate reality from the communities in which hikers live – so, until the risk of spreading COVID-19 has reduced significantly, hiking on a heavily-trafficked trail like the A.T. potentially increases rather than reduces harm.

The ATC does not want to do too little, too late. We cannot close the Trail. We cannot physically bar access to trailheads or connecting trails. We can and do, however, urge everyone to please stay away from the Appalachian Trail until further notice.

Information provided for and signed off by Sandra Marra, President & CEO, Appalachian Trail Conservancy

For more on the ATC and COVID 19, check here.


Chef’s Walk 2020

Unfortunately, due to the amount of planning involved and the uncertain timeline as to when life will return to normal, the decision has been made to cancel for this year. We hope that next year’s event will be a welcomed celebration of community, food and drink!


Image result for the renfrew institute

The Renfrew Institute has closed it’s grounds, visitors center, museum and offices. We will follow guidance from the CDC, state and local health and government authorities in making ongoing decisions. Updates will be posted on The Instsitute’s website and FB page.

The COVID-19 Working Capital Access (CWCA) Program, administered by the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA), provides critical working capital financing to small businesses locatedwithin the Commonwealth that are adversely impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak. All CWCA loan applications must be submitted through a Certified Economic Development Organization (CEDO). In Franklin County, the CEDO is FCADC.  For more, visit

Check carts in and out via the sign-in sheet on back of the cart barn. Log tee times on the online sheet. Please wipe down Carts with disinfecting wipes before and after use.
Guests & General Public: $20 to play. Reserve tee time, tee sheet and pay online. Walking only. There will be a sign-in sheet on the “Wait Here” sign in front of the first tee. Please sign in.
We will monitor the course and tee sheet. We appreciate your support through theses times.

Chambersburg Noon Time Lion’s Trout Derby

In order to protect the health and safety of our participants and volunteers, the Chambersburg Noontime Lions Club has made the difficult decision to CANCEL the 2020 Trout Derby. We expect to hold the 2021 Trout Derby on May 1 – 2 2021.

Earth Day Celecbration at Renfrew Park 2020 CANCELLED Please remember next year’s celebration: April 24, 2021.  


Presbyterian Senior Living

We are providing updates on our website. You can get those at

Bringing Back PA

With PA re-opening, the PA Chamber created an online repository of information tohelp business owners with best practices and up-to-date regulatory information. Access the information here. 


Grove Family Library

Visit Grove Family Library’s Facebook page for Daily Walks through Franklin County.  These walks are posted Monday-Friday at 8:30 AM. Some lean more toward the beautiful nature the
location offers and some are more historical. They also offer virtual adult and family story time and a 14-Day Cooking Challenge for Children. During the challenge, students will find tips and lessons provided by nutrition experts. Visit their Facebook Page


Franklin County Milk Drop

The Franklin County Farm Bureau is planning a milk drop on May 2, 10 AM to Noon at Franklin Feed and Supply in Chambersburg. For those that need milk and cannot afford to buy it, the milk drop is a safe, drive-by distribution of milk. Donations towards the milk are also being accepted. Checks can be mailed to the Franklin County Farm Bureau, 185 Franklin Farm Lane, Chambersburg PA 17201. For more on the Milk Drop, please see Franklin County Farm Bureau Facebook here.


WellSpan Health announced it is joining the 100 Million Mask Challenge, an initiative launched by the American Hospital Association to help meet growing demand for masks during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“As we prepare for the expected increase in COVID-19 patients in our community and hospitals, the safety of our caregivers is critically important,” said Roxanna Gapstur, Ph.D., R.N., president and CEO of WellSpan Health. “That’s why WellSpan Health is joining the American Hospital Association’s 100 Million Mask Challenge. We’re asking our friends, neighbors, and community partners to come together to help us meet this challenge.”
The 100 Million Mask Challenge is a nationwide effort calling on manufacturers, the business community and individuals across the country to coordinate efforts to rapidly produce needed PPE on a large scale for the nation’s health care heroes. The current supply of masks in some parts of the country has not been able to keep up with the demand.
Individuals interested in making or donating masks should visit to download the approved pattern or call the Coronavirus Information Hotline at 1-855-851-3641 and select option 4.
WellSpan has opened mask donation sites across southcentral Pennsylvania. Local donations will be accepted Monday through Friday at 1660 Orchard Drive, Chambersburg; open 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information on the 100 Million Mask Challenge, visit 100 Million Mask Challenge.

Effective 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), in consultation with the Office of the Governor, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) opened the statewide 2020 trout season.

Here’s Looking At You

Our storefront is closed, but we are posting on our social media pages or Instagram @shophlay.  If someone is interested in something they see, they can contact us through the social media page or call us at 717-263-8529 for more details and we can ship for free.


The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act is “CARES Act.” After passing both legislative houses, President Trump signed the bill into law on Friday, March 27.

See a handout regarding the CARES Act is available here.

The full bill text is available here

A section by section breakdown is available here

A summary of the appropriations bill is available here.

CARES Act Summary U.S. Travel Association

Small Business Loan Guide Shared by American Hotel & Lodging Association

The Greater Chambersburg Chamber of Commerce is committed to monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation locally, sharing accurate information and working with local, state and federal agencies. The health of our community is our top priority, and our team is working hard to figure out how we can best serve you during this time. See more here at the Chamber’s COVID-19 resource page.


Due to the coronavirus, this is the first time in 83 years and 306 concerts that Waynesboro Community Concert Association has ever had to cancel concerts. The good news is that WCCA has added two more dates to their 84th “Celebrating Our Greatest Generation” series this fall, making this the first ever eight-concert season.
The complete set of the 2020-2021 concerts are as follows:
1 – Thomas Pandolfi, Aug. 23 (First Responders and Teachers Appreciation)
2 – The Fabulous Hubcaps, Sept. 20
3 – Hooray for Hollywood, Oct. 4 (Military Appreciation)
4 – Philadelphia Brass, Oct. 18
5 – Ilya Yakushev and Thomas Mesa, Nov. 8
6 – Trio Pacheco, Nov. 22
7 – Hits and Grins, April 11, 2021
8 – Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra, May 4.

All concerts are held Sunday afternoons at 3pm at Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s Oyer Auditorium on East Second St., Waynesboro, PA.

Given the evolving COVID-19 situation, Shippensburg University is working to put in
place precautionary measures to keep our community safe, particularly as it pertains to
our upcoming events. As such, following the most current guidelines from Governor
Wolf and the CDC, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our annual
Regional Industry Roundtable. 


Chambersburg Announces Delay To Aquatic Center Opening 

“We want our guests to know that the chlorinated water of the pool should kill the COVID-19 virus. Our
concerns revolve around social distancing inside the facility and finding a way to enjoy the facility and still
comply with the Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines,” said Borough Manager Jeffrey Stonehill.

A facility like the Chambersburg AquaticCenter would have a number of challenges to contend with should social distancing requirements continue.

Press Release – Chambersburg Postpones 2020 Aquatic Center Season Due to COVID-19

BOPIC Summer Educational Enrichment Program Cancelled 2020

BOPIC is sorry to announce that it will not hold the Summer Educational Enrichment Program in 2020. More information is available in the following lettter.

BOPIC Cancelled Summer Program


Wednesday, May 6 at 8 a.m.
Join us for a discussion with Congressman Joyce regarding issues of concern for our local businesses during the
shutdown-through-reopening process!

Click below to submit questions to Representative Joyce in advance.

Call-in Number: 877-229-8493
PIN: 119075

Food Resources Chambersburg

Please see this bilingual listng of food resources in Chambersburg PA.

Food Resources Chambersburg

Eby’s Meats Is Open * 3789 Guilford Spring Rd. Chambersburg.
Tuesday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Saturdays 8:00 PM – 12:00 PM & Closed Sundays and Mondays

Waynesboro’s Beer Wine & Cider Festival is rescheduled to September 12, Noon to 4 PM. Details here.

PennDOT is working to re-open the indoor portion of rest stops along major interstates, including ones in central Pa. 


Organized by the Borough of Chambersburg, as of Tuesday, March 24, ten Chambersburg Area Churches have stepped forward to offer food supplies to any families that might become homebound because of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The Borough has had a Pandemic Response plan in place for about 10 years now,” said Assistant Borough Manager David Finch, who acts as Emergency Management Coordinator during local emergencies. “One very important aspect of the plan was to prepare for citizens who become too sick to feed themselves or care for their families. We will coordinate with local churches to provide the food they might need.” Requests for aid may be routed to Mr. Finch, at (717) 660-2702. More here.

We just wanted to reach out and say thanks’ to all of our guest, who have truly become family, and have supported us.
We are going to close for take out until Thursday and open from 3 to 7 on Thursday through Saturday.  We will post the change immediately on our Facebook page and website.  Also, if you know of any family that is truly in need of something, please PM Jeremy or Del and if we can help, we will do what we can.  So again, a big thanks for to all of you who’ve been with us in the past, present and even to those of you who we meet in the near future.  We truly believe that this will make us stronger when we are allowed to serve you again and we are so excited for what the near future holds!!!!
 Blessings to all and with LOVE AND PEACE FROM OUR FATHER …

Image result for conococheague institute museum and library

Conococheague Institute
Spring Open House
Sunday, April 19
Mercersburg, PA