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Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Thursday, March 19, that all "non-life-sustaining" businesses will close.

Businesses that are allowed to remain open include:

  • Grocery stores
  • Beer distributors
  • Gasoline stations
  • Postal service and couriers (so UPS, FedEx, etc.)
  • "Other" general merchandise stores that are not department stores (presumably meaning dollar stores and big box discount retailers)
  • All forms of transportation, including air, rail, water, truck, and pipeline, with the exception of charter bus companies and sightseeing companies.
  • Warehousing and storage
  • Medical facilities, including doctor and dentist offices
  • Restaurants (takeout only)
  • Utilities and waste collection
  • Auto, electronic, and other types of repair shops
  • Auto parts and tire stores
  • Newspapers and periodicals, radio, television, and cable
  • Telecommunications services, but not their retail stores
  • Auto, equipment, and goods rental
  • Banks (though many are closing their lobbies -- call ahead)
  • All varieties of farming, along with "support activities for crop production."
  • Medical equipment makers
  • Building supply stores
  • Social services (food banks, homeless shelters)
  • All food and beverage manufacturing.
  • Funeral homes (or "death care" as the state calls it)
  • Fishing, hunting, and trapping
  • Natural gas production
  • Paper mills, chemical, fertilizer, and pharmaceutical manufacturing
  • RV Parks and rooming houses

Businesses that need to close by midnight on Saturday, March 21, or risk sanctions by the state include:

  • Schools, day cares, and the bars remain closed
  • Logging and coal mining
  • All forms of construction, including residential and roads
  • Textile, fiber, and fabric plants. Clothing & leather manufacturing
  • Wood product manufacturing and printers
  • Paint and adhesive makers, glass manufacturing, foundries, machine shops and fabricators, vehicle and component makers
  • Most retail stores that don't fall under the "other" category: clothing, shoes, books, florists, office supplies, etc.
  • Most wholesalers, with the exception of apparel, lumber, and furniture
  • Auto dealers
  • Insurance, tax, and real estate agencies
  • Temp agencies

For the full list, see the first link below:

Pennsylvania's list of life-critical businesses

Gov. Wolf shuts down all "non-life-sustaining" businesses in Pennsylvania.

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