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The City of Bethlehem is actively working with government agencies, hospitals, schools, and businesses to prepare for and respond to the coronavirus pandemic. Please refer to the Bethlehem Health Bureau’s coronavirus page for the most current information, best practices, and resources.

Based on Governor Wolf’s “Stay at Home” order issued for Northampton and Lehigh Counties, Bethlehem City Hall will be closed to the public effective 4:30 pm today, Wednesday, March 25, 2020 until further notice.
 
City Hall will remain operational but closed to the public. City employees will be available to assist residents via phone, email and website.

Bethlehem residents concerned with businesses operating in violation of the shutdown, are requested to call the Bethlehem Service Center at 610-865-7000. Do not call 911 for this issue.

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Japan

Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Commission

The friendship between Bethlehem and Tondabayashi, Japan began in the early 1960s and was formalized in 1972 when the Bethlehem-Tondabayashi Sister City Commission (BTSCC) was established.  The purpose of the Commission is to promote friendship and understanding between the two cities, to exchange cultural interests, to promote trade and tourism, and to oversee an annual student exchange program.
 
Monthly meetings are held the second Wednesday of every month except August and December, at 6:30 pm in the Laros Room of the Bethlehem Public Library (11 W Church St).  We welcome the enthusiasm and ideas of new members - so feel free to stop by.
 
Be sure to join us in early-mid April for our annual Cherry Blossom Festival, held at the Garden of Serenity, next to the Library.

Please visit our website at bethlehemsistercity.org for further information and the latest updates on Cherry Blossom Festival dates, periodic offerings of Japanese language classes, and to apply for our student exchange program.