Holidays during COVID-19

Complimentary “COVID-19 and the Holiday’s” Article for Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association Members

The Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association (PNA) has created an article on the impact of COVID-19 on the holidays, how people are inspired to unite and expectations for 2021.  This article is available to our members to publish in print or online at no cost.

For many Pennsylvanians, the late fall and early winter holiday seasons hold memories of coming together with friends and loved ones; a time of happiness and unity. Unity can be defined as many things: the state of being brought together, the quality of not being divided, a condition of harmony.

In 2020, as a direct effect of the COVID-19 pandemic and related mandates, the physical aspect of unity has changed. Interestingly, unity is the word used by Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine as she calls on citizens to do their respective parts in taming the resurgence of the virus. “Clearly we’re in the middle of our fall increase, but we are not at the peak,” said Levine. “The increases that we are seeing now are directly in response to, and a part of, those that are being experienced across the country. And our response needs to be one of unity.”

Featured Article Sources

  • Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine
  • Dr. Dea Silbertrust, president of the Pennsylvania Psychological Association
  • Dr. Elana Newman, professor of psychology at the University of Tulsa
  • Sue Scheff, author of Shame Nation
  • Samantha Jo Warfield, spokesperson for AmeriCorps


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Pandemic mandates put the hammer on Pennsylvania festivals

For many Pennsylvanians, fall is a season of senses. The cool air on your face, the warmth of jeans and hoodies, the crisp crinkle of leaves beneath your feet. The timeless smells of tart apple cider, freshly baked pumpkin pies and salty-sweet kettle corn. Children’s laughter bursts around us, and if you listen closely enough, you can hear echoes of small feet through straw fields and pumpkin patches. Fall is a time of tradition and community, and for much of Pennsylvania’s cities and towns, it is one of homecoming. Your community’s fall festival is perhaps the perfect marriage of all your seasonal sensory needs, and unfortunately, this fall, it’s been canceled.