Governor Tom Wolf Orders all non-life sustaining businesses to shut down
In order to halt the spread of COVID-19 dramatically widens the scope of business closures.
Starting at 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, all "non-life sustaining businesses" are to shut down until further notice. Beginning on Saturday, March 21, these actions will be enforced.
Certain exemptions may be granted to businesses offering assistance to healthcare providers.
"To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions," Wolf explained. "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."
Food establishments doing take out, grocery stores, gas stations, auto parts stores, beer and liquor stores, media outlets, banks, utilities, postage, and general merchandise stores are among those set to continue physical operations.
Below is a list of what is considered a "life-sustaining" business: