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Governor's Announcements

POSTED ON: March 24, 2020

Updated List of Life-Sustaining and Non Life-Sustaining Industries/Professions

Below you may access the most recent list of professions that can or cannot work in Pennsylvania at this time – the list may be updated again in the near future.

The list includes some changes – such as “Lumber and other Construction Material Wholesalers” are now in – and clarification of other issues.

Construction is, unfortunately, is still out – except for emergency repairs and health care facilities – however, PACA, along with other groups in our coalition will continue to address this issue.

There is also a very useful list of FAQs relating to the Life Sustaining Businesses - available here.

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POSTED ON: March 20, 2020

Governor Wolf Issues Waiver to Aggregates Industry

Governor Wolf has changed his stance and has now classified the Nonmetallic Mineral Mining and Quarrying as a life-sustaining industry!

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POSTED ON: March 19, 2020

Gov Wolf Says Quarries Nonessential; Concrete & Cement Life Sustaining

Below is Gov. Wolf's Press Release and list of industries with a determination as to their life-sustainability with respect to COVID-19. Note that due to large volume of traffic, most of the links are timing out. Following the below press release is the list of industries and whether they need to close at 8 p.m. today.

If you are experiencing the links timing out, we have included a hard copy of the list via the button at the bottom of the press release.


Wolf Administration Orders Closure of Non-Life-Sustaining Businesses at 8 p.m. Today, March 19

Enforcement Actions for Restaurant, Bar Dine-In Closure Began at 8 p.m., March 18Enforcement Actions for Non-Compliance will Begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, March 21Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations as of 8 p.m. today, March 19, to slow the spread of COVID-19. Enforcement actions against businesses that do not close physical locations will begin at 12:01 a.m.

Saturday, March 21.Gov. Wolf’s order is here.

A video statement from Gov. Wolf is here.

Sec. of Health’s order is here.A list of life-sustaining businesses is here.

In extenuating circumstances, special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.

“To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf. “This virus is an invisible danger that could be present everywhere. We need to act with the strength we use against any other severe threat. And, we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely.”

The governor had previously encouraged non-life-sustaining businesses to close to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Restaurants and bars were already required to stop all dine-in services. Enforcement for establishments with a liquor license began at 8 p.m. March 18, and enforcement for all other food establishments will begin at 8 p.m. tonight. Food establishments can offer carry-out, delivery, and drive-through food and beverage service, including alcohol.

Pursuant to the Emergency Management Services Code, the governor is granted extraordinary powers upon his declaration of a disaster emergency, such as COVID-19. Among these powers, the governor may control the ingress and egress into the disaster area, the movement of persons, and the occupancy of premises within the disaster area, which has been established to be the entire commonwealth for the COVID-19 disaster emergency. The secretary of health separately is authorized under the law to employ measures necessary for the prevention and suppression of disease.

Separately, and taken together, the administration is exercising these powers to temporarily close all non-life-sustaining businesses and dine-in facilities at all restaurants and bars across the commonwealth. Persons must be removed from these premises to cope with the COVID-19 disaster emergency.

Failure to Comply and Enforcement Failure to comply with these requirements will result in enforcement action that could include citations, fines, or license suspensions.

The governor has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce the closure orders to the full extent of the law:

  • Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions

Private businesses, local organizations and other noncompliant entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.

Finally, in addition to any other criminal charges that might be applicable, the Department of Health is authorized to prosecute noncompliant entities for the failure to comply with health laws, including quarantine, isolation or other disease control measures. Violators are subject to fines or imprisonment.

Business Loans and Support.

The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) offers working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19. Resources and information will be posted to as they become available. The U.S. Small Business Administration, in addition to local funding partners, may also be a source of assistance for affected businesses.

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POSTED ON: March 16, 2020

PA COVID-19 Gov. Wolf Announces Telework for State Employees

To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf has directed employees under the Governor's jurisdictin (PennDOT, DEP, etc.) who work in Commonwealth offices in all 67 counties, who are able to telework to do so beginning Tuesday, March 17, 2020 and extending for a period of 14 days.

POSTED ON: March 16, 2020

PA COVID-19 Essential and Non- Essential Business Definitions

Governor Wolf strongly urged the following non-essential business across the Commonwealth to close for 14-days to mitigate the spread of this disease:

  • Community and recreation centers
  • Gyms, including yoga/spin/barre facilities
  • Hair salons, nail salons, and spas
  • Casinos, concert venues, and theaters
  • Bars
  • Sporting events facilities and golf courses
  • Non-essential retail facilities, including shopping malls (except for pharmacy or other health care facilities located therein)
  • Restaurants should stay open for carry-out and delivery only

Essential services and sectors include but are not limited to food processing, agriculture, industrial manufacturing, feed mills, construction, trash collection, grocery and household goods (including convenience stores), home repair/hardware and auto repair, pharmacy and other medical facilities, biomedical and healthcare, post offices and shipping outlets, insurance, banks, gas stations, laundromats, veterinary clinics and pet stores, warehousing, storage, and distribution, public transportation, and hotel and commercial lodging.

Although these businesses may remain open, the Wolf Administration continues to encourage them to employ social distancing practices, and encourages Pennsylvanians to be thoughtful in their visits.

Other businesses, including but not limited to legal services, business and management consulting, professional services and insurance services are encouraged to have employees work remotely or telecommute. If that is not possible, they should employ social distancing best practices and be aware of the Trump Administration’s guidance to avoid gatherings of 10 or more people.

The Wolf Administration strongly encourages businesses to act now before the governor or the Secretary of Health finds it necessary to compel closures under the law for the interest of public health, including section 7301 of the Emergency Management Services Code.

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