Governor Wolf Urges Non-essential Businesses In Select Areas To Close For 14 Days In Fight Against Covid-19

Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties affected

Jeff Oravitz
March 14, 2020 - 11:41 pm

Credit: Commonwealth Media Services

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf is urging non-essential businesses in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties to close to help mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the state.

The request is an effort to protect employees, customers, and suppliers as well as to help stop the spread of the Coronavirus as much as possible.

The Department of Health is reaching out to businesses to provide guidance as to which types of businesses should close.

“We are committed to keeping all Pennsylvanians safe and healthy, and we are taking every measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “We continue to report new cases of coronavirus every day, and additional steps must be taken to stop the spread. Therefore, we strongly urge non-essential businesses across Pennsylvania to do their part by temporarily closing to help mitigate the spread of this contagious virus.” 


In a release, the Wolf administration said non-essential businesses include:

  • community and recreation centers
  • gyms, including yoga, barre and spin facilities
  • hair salons, nail salons and spas
  • casinos
  • concert venues
  • theaters
  • bars
  • sporting event venues and golf courses
  • retail facilities, including shopping malls and except for pharmacy or other health care facilities within retail operations.

Restaurants are asked to only remain open for carry-out and delivery orders.

“We understand that small businesses are an economic driver in Pennsylvania, and a temporary closure will be a financial and community disruptor,” Davin said. “However, our top priority is maintaining public health and safety of all Pennsylvanians and taking these proactive steps now can help mitigate a potential community spread. DCED is committed to working with the business community to provide helpful resources for financial assistance.”

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