COVID-19 UPDATE: Governor Tom Wolf Orders Closures of ALL NON-LIFE SUSTAINING BUSINESSES TO CLOSE by 8 PM TONIGHT!

Here is the latest on the COVID-19

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Here is the latest on the COVID-19 virus, reported by WTAE-Channel 4 (ABC):

Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered the closure of all non-life-sustaining businesses at 8 p.m. Thursday in an effort 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.

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.

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.

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