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All Non-Life Sustaining Businesses In Pennsylvania Ordered To Cease Physical Operations


Governor Tom Wolf just ordered all non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close until further notice. Any businesses that fail to comply with the governor’s order by March 21, 2020 at 12:01 a.m. will be subject to enforcement actions including citations, fines, license suspensions, administrative actions, imprisonment, the forfeiture of disaster relief funds, and the termination of state loan or grant funding.

According to guidance provided by the governor’s office, only the below industry groups may continue physical operations. In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions may be provided to businesses that supply or service health care providers. All other businesses may continue to operate remotely. Notably, Pennsylvania’s Lt. Governor has noted that the list of permitted industry groups is fluid and may be changed to address the needs of Pennsylvania’s residents.


For now, we will continue to monitor the rapidly developing COVID-19 situation and provide updates as appropriate. Make sure you are subscribed to Fisher Phillips’ Alert System to get the most up-to-date information. For further information, contact your Fisher Phillips attorney, any attorney in our Philadelphia or Pittsburgh offices, or any member of our COVID-19 Taskforce. You can also review our nationwide Comprehensive and Updated FAQs for Employers on the COVID-19 Coronavirus and our FP Resource Center For Employers, maintained by our Taskforce.

This Legal Alert provides an overview of a specific state law. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.

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