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All non-life sustaining businesses in Pa. must close: Gov. Wolf

From Pennlive

All non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close.

On Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf today ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania must close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. Thursday (today) to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21.

In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.

“To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf. “This virus is an invisible danger that could be present everywhere. We need to act with the strength we use against any other severe threat. And, we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely.”

Separately, and taken together, the administration is exercising these powers to temporarily close all non-life-sustaining businesses and dine-in facilities at all restaurants and bars across the commonwealth. Persons must be removed from these premises to cope with the COVID-19 disaster emergency.

The governor has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce the closure orders to the full extent of the law:

– Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

– Department of Health

– Department of Agriculture

– Pennsylvania State Police

– Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions.

Further detailed information will be available in Friday’s edition of The Express.

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