Beginning Monday, The Corry Journal will publish print editions of the newspaper only three days a week, but The Journal's website will continue to be updated on a daily basis.
There will be no newspaper on Tuesday, Thursday or Friday.
Journal readers may still buy the newspaper from newsstands throughout the Corry area or have it delivered to their homes on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), non-life-sustaining businesses across the country are having to close, whether as mandated by state government or of their own accord.
“In light of Gov. Wolf’s mandate for all non-life-sustaining businesses to close immediately, Journal corporate leadership has required that we make some drastic reductions in order to see through this crisis. We are absolutely committed to bringing the news to the community so that everyone can stay informed," Corry Journal Publisher Bob Williams said.
Two-week layoffs were implemented with the reduction in publications, with employees being re-assured that the situation will be re-evaluated every two weeks, and employees will be brought back as soon as possible.
Williams said he is profoundly affected by having to lay off people.
“This was a painful day,” Williams said. "Everyone here works their absolute hardest to do what they love in getting the news out and shining a light on the people and great things that make up this community.
“Everyone, from the carriers to the reporters and press room workers, have a vitally important role in putting out this newspaper, and now, through no fault of their own, we all have to suffer the pain of this layoff.
“We will come back however, and we will see this through and come out the other side. I fully expect to have every one of the staff back and continuing to get the news out.
“The crew we have remaining is going to work as hard as possible to keep things going so we can bring everyone back. The community just needs to rally together and think about everybody that has been affected by this. If we come together as a community, as only Corry can, we’ll all get through this.”
Print subscribers' accounts will be automatically credited for the days there is no paper.
Newspaper carriers and motor route delivery drivers will still deliver the paper on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
News stories will be uploaded to The Journal's website and available every day to subscribers at www.thecorryjournal.com. Print subscribers are able to access the newspaper's website at no charge.
Those wishing to purchase a subscription for online access only may do so right on the website by clicking on "subscription services" on the navigation bar.
Online subscriptions are at a greatly reduced rate.
Anyone who would like to purchase a print subscription or advertisement can call The Journal office at 814-665-8291 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Starting next week, the office will no longer be open for face-to-face business. The office has limited staff who will be available to set up appointments or offer curbside assistance by calling the office.
The Journal is optimistic it will go back to publishing a daily newspaper six days a week.
“We are grateful to all our readers for their support and I’m confident that we’ll be able to return to a six-day-per-week newspaper and carry on our commitment to serve the community," Williams said.
There may be a reduction in the number of pages inside issues of the newspaper due to a lack of advertising following the governor's recent closure of non-life-sustaining businesses.