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Wolf Announces Changes to Business Closure Mandate

March 23, 2020

By Richard A. Monti, Esquire

On Friday night, March 20, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf announced modifications to his order that closed all “non-life-sustaining” businesses. Enforcement of the Governor’s order will now begin on Monday, March 23, 2020 at 8 a.m.

The Governor also modified the list of businesses allowed to continue to operate during the shutdown. Those modifications include:

  • Mining and oil and gas extraction is now allowed to be performed;
  • Hotels are allowed to operate.;
  • Tax/payroll/bookkeeping services may now stay open;
  • The state’s liquor stores will now close, but beer distributors can remain open; and
  • Engineering services must remain closed, but are allowed to perform emergency services.

You can view the full list of the state’s ruling on specific business here. The state has also published  an FAQ  page designed to answer common questions that businesses owners, employees, and customers might have.

The state is considering waivers for companies that believe they should be allowed to stay open during the shutdown. You can find that waiver application here. Due to the assumed high volume of waivers that will be requested, applications should be submitted as soon as possible.

Rothman Gordon is here to help guide you and your business through these uncertain times. For help regarding the status of your business, filling out a waiver application, or any other legal questions that may arise, your should consult your Rothman Gordon attorney directly. You may also contact us online or call (412) 338-1100.

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