Pennsylvania Stay-at-Home Order Extended to May 8

Jeff Oravitz
April 21, 2020 - 8:23 am
Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine speaking at the virtual press conference.

Office of the Governor

HARRISBURG, Pa (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Originally set to expire on April 30, Pennsylvania's stay-at-home order was extended by Governor Tom Wolf and Health Secretary Rachel Levine on Monday in an effort to continue to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

The extension takes the order through 12:01 am on May 8. The statewide order began on April 1, while select counties throughout the state went under a stay-at-home order in March.

"It is clear that our early and aggressive efforts to mitigate this spread of this highly contagious and deadly virus are working. While we begin to seek ways to move forward, it’s imperative that we continue to take strong precautions to protect Pennsylvanians and ensure that our health care system is not overwhelmed," Wolf said. "I am so proud of this commonwealth and the resilience of my fellow Pennsylvanians, and I urge you to continue to stay calm and stay home so that we can all stay safe."

"We are starting to see a downward trend in the number of positive cases throughout the state, which is definitely encouraging," Dr. Levine said. "We need to proceed carefully to make sure the strides we’ve made in combatting this virus continue to move forward. Extending our statewide order until May 8 will ensure that we don’t overwhelm our health system, while helping our economy to recover."

The Wolf administration still recommends wearing a mask when leaving your home, but you should still only be leaving for essential tasks. If you enter a business that is open, masks are now required to be worn.

Also on Monday, Wolf said that some businesses start to open again in Pennsylvania, but that the process will be slow.

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