Wolf orders non-life sustaining businesses closed

Today Governor Tom Wolf issued an order for businesses deemed to be “not life sustaining” to close. Enforcement for any businesses that ignore the order will begin on March 21st at 12:01 a.m.

The order comes after Wolf determined that not enough businesses that were urged to close in the effort to mitigate the Coronavirus did so.

Businesses can still have employees work from home (with certain stipulations), but all places of businesses that do not qualify as “life sustaining” have to close their offices, stores, factories, etc.

Here is the main text of the order:

No person or entity shall operate a place of business in the Commonwealth that is not a life sustaining business regardless of whether the business is open to members of the public. This prohibition does not apply to virtual or telework operations (e.g., work from home), so long as social distancing and other mitigation measures are followed in such operations.

Life sustaining businesses may remain open, but they must follow, at a minimum, the social distancing practices and other mitigation measures defined by the Centers for Disease Control to protect workers and patrons. A list of life sustaining businesses that may remain open is attached to and incorporated into this Order.

Enforcement actions will be taken against non-life sustaining businesses that are out of compliance effective March 21, 2020, at 12:01 a.m.

You can view the order here. You can view the list of what qualifies as “life sustaining” and what doesn’t here.