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Pa. Amish Community Impacted By Restrictions Aimed At Slowing Coronavirus Spread

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Pennsylvania Amish community impacted by restrictions aimed at slowing coronavirus spread

WGAL
Updated: 12:55 PM EDT Mar 25, 2020
 
 
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LANCASTER COUNTY, Pa. —

Pennsylvania Amish communities, like everyone else in the country, have been impacted by restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of coronavirus.

The Plain sect community is following the same guidelines set by health officials, but getting the word out was slower than some would have liked.

"Looking back, you can always say, 'Well, if I would have done this or that.' But we responded pretty much as quickly as we could," Leon Ressler, of the Penn State Extension, told our sister station WGAL.

The Penn State Extension works closely with the Amish community and is doing its best to inform them about the coronavirus. That has included writing an article in Lancaster Farming, a newspaper that many of the Amish read.

Information was also provided during the Gordonville Mud Sale. The event went on as scheduled March 14.

"We literally handed out a flier to everybody that registered, and I actually give that a lot of credit for how fast the information did spread because it's all anybody talked about all day," Amos Allgyer said.

Allgyer helps run Tiny Lux Homes, and that business is closed. Allgyer said Amish schools are shut down.

Large gatherings, like weddings and church services, are also on hold, he said.

Watch the video above to learn more about this story.                                                                                                                                                                                            SEE VIDEO      ;    https://www.wtae.com/article/pennsylvania-amish-community-impacted-by-restrictions-aimed-at-slowing-coronavirus-spread/31927232

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