Statement by Mayor William Peduto on July 4 Holiday and Surge in COVID-19 Cases

PITTSBURGH, PA (July 2, 2020) Mayor William Peduto released the following statement today as the greater Pittsburgh region faces a record surge in COVID-19 cases on the eve of the Independence Day Holiday: 

“As we go into a holiday weekend while also experiencing massive levels of new COVID-19 cases in Allegheny County, I strongly and emphatically urge Pittsburgh residents to be careful and smart, and to reconsider any plans for large July 4 gatherings. 

The Department of Public Safety has already urged residents to take several safety precautions.  

It is necessary to emphasize that we all must follow Governor Wolf’s orders to wear masks at all times, and to keep social distancing and washing hands. If you can, please just stay home. We are at a critical juncture in the fight against the pandemic and letting our guards down, even for a beloved summer holiday, will only make things markedly worse for our families, friends and neighbors. 

If we all do our part and make the simple sacrifices necessary, we can and will beat this virus. We must do it together.” 



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Timothy McNulty
Communications Director
Mayor's Office