PENNSYLVANIA – Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered all Pennsylvania business that do not have life sustaining reasons to close by 8 pm on Thursday.
Wolf said that actions against businesses that do not comply will start at 12:01 am Saturday.
Some exceptions to the rule would be companies that were supplying providers.
“To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” Wolf said in a statement. “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.”
Business that is deemed life-sustaining
Auto part stores
Social assistance services
Restaurants like Ohio can still offer take-out, delivery and drive through services.
“Private businesses, local organizations and other noncompliant entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.
“Finally, in addition to any other criminal charges that might be applicable, the Department of Health is authorized to prosecute noncompliant entities for the failure to comply with health laws, including quarantine, isolation or other disease control measures. Violators are subject to fines or imprisonment.”