Governor Wolf Delays Enforcement of Business Closure Order

Businesses Can Request Waiver to Stay Open

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Due to the extreme pressures being placed on Pennsylvania’s businesses, Governor Wolf announced late on Friday, March 20, that he has delayed enforcement of his order mandating shutdown of non-life-sustaining businesses until 8:00 a.m. Monday, March 23. An updated Industry Operations Guidance list is available.

Businesses requesting to keep physical locations open can submit a waiver to the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) for review. The waiver application is available online.

While no substantive guidance on the granting of waivers has been given, considerations for waivers include whether a business can fit the definition of “life-sustaining” and also has a mitigation plan in place that meets CDC guidelines for employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses will be notified via email of all decisions and must remain closed until they have received approval from DCED to resume operations

Our attorneys are available to answer your questions and concerns regarding how the Governor’s executive order may impact your business or entity. Please call us at (724) 776-8000 for guidance in this matter.

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