Photo by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania (via the Facebook page of Governor Tom Wolf)


MARCH 19 – Gov. Tom Wolf (PA-D) has ordered the closing of all “non-life-sustaining” businesses to close by 8:00 p.m. He plans to commence “enforcement actions” against any businesses that will not close by Saturday, March 21.

This order has been put into effect due to the increasing spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania.

Per the governor’s executive order, life-sustaining businesses include, but are not limited to, crop production industries, food manufacturing industries, chemical manufacturing industries and even liquor stores. 

Businesses operating in utilities, healthcare and most social services will also be permitted to remain open. 

Though these businesses will continue to operate as normal, Wolf instructs that they still practice social distancing techniques as determined by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

For more information, read Wolf’s order to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania here. A list of “non-life-sustaining” and “life-sustaining” businesses can be found here.

The CDC requests that all people practice effective social distancing techniques. For more information, visit their site with updates on COVID-19.

Samantha Walsh is a fourth-year student majoring in special education and English.

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