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Friday, June 5, 2020

Wolf extends school, non-life-sustaining business closures

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 by The Press in Local News

In a news conference on March 30, Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine revised the commonwealth’s Stay-at-Home orders to include Carbon, Cumberland, Dauphin and Schuylkill counties, bringing the state total to 26 counties under a stay-at-home order.

This order took effect 8 p.m., March 30, and will continue through April 30.

According to the news release, all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice. Non-life-sustaining business closures also remain in effect.

The order now includes Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia, Pike, Schuylkill, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland and York counties.

Individuals may leave their residence only to perform any of the following allowable individual activities and allowable essential travel:

•Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies they need to work from home;

•Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, for their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences;

•Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing;

•To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business;

•To care for a family member or pet in another household;

•Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities;

•Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons;

•Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals, and any other related services;

•Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction;

•Travel required by law enforcement or court order;

•Travel required for nonresidents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth; and

•Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

The following operations are exempt:

•Life-sustaining business activities;

•Health care or medical services providers

•Access to life-sustaining services for low-income residents, including food banks;

•Access to child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that remain open as follows: child care facilities operating under the Department of Human Services, Office of Child Development and Early Learning waiver process; group and family child care operating in a residence; and part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the March 19 business closure orders;

•News media;

•Law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters;

•The federal government; and

•Religious institutions.