Pennsylvania governor orders all non-essential businesses statewide to shut down

by Laura Mize · Mar 17th, 2020 9:02 am

Pennsylvania is closed for business.

Governor Tom Wolf announced Monday that a shutdown order in place for nonessential business activity and nonessential government offices in four counties was being extended statewide.

"This isn't a decision that I take lightly at all," he said. "It's one I'm making because medical experts believe it's the only way we can prevent our hospitals from being overwhelmed."

The state defines essential businesses as the following:

  • Supermarkets and grocery stores
  • Big box stores
  • Pharmacies
  • Discount stores, mini-markets, and non-specialized food stores
  • Daycare centers
  • Hardware stores
  • Gas stations
  • Banks
  • Post Offices
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners
  • Veterinary clinics for domestic pets and pet stores

Every other type of retail business will be required to close. The shutdown will last through at least March 27.


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