Gov. Tom Wolf has expanded his orders regarding business shutdowns to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.

This newly expanded order will apply to outlets including but not limited to: department stores, clothing stores, shoe stores, gyms, yoga studios, nail salons, barbershops, car dealers, and furniture stores.

According to the Patriot-News, the Governor has authorized the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Department of Health, the Department of Agriculture, Pennsylvania State Police, and local officials to use their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions.

Enforcement activities will begin Saturday at 12:01 a.m.

Gas stations, farms, health care facilities, and transit systems are examples of businesses that may continue to operate (with appropriate social distancing and sanitization measures in place).


According to the Patriot-News, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers. It was not immediately clear how exemptions could be requested.

Restaurant and bars will also be subject to enforcement starting Thursday night at 8:00 p.m. They may however continue to offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service.


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