The Pennsylvania State Police will be helping to make sure non-life-sustaining businesses stay closed while Governor Tom Wolf’s order is in effect.
Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, is urging business owners to follow Wolf’s order.
“The priority of the Pennsylvania State Police is protecting lives and maintaining order in the commonwealth,” said Evanchick. “In light of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, troopers and liquor control enforcement officers are prepared to ensure compliance with Governor Wolf’s order.”
Local police also have received guidelines mirroring those of state police. Anyone who violates the mandated closure order could face criminal penalties.
“We believe most Pennsylvanians want to act responsibly and do their part to help slow the spread of this deadly virus,” said Evanchick.
Other state agencies also have authorization to enforce closures including:
Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board,
Department of Health,
Department of Agriculture.
While many businesses will remain closed, some are allowed to stay open. Grocery stores, gas stations, and liquor stores will stay open. Online orders and deliveries are fair game.
Restaurants have shut all dine-in eating, though take-out options are still allowed.
A full list of life-sustaining businesses is available here.
Anyone wishes to report a non-compliant business can contact their local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number. Alternatively, they can contact their nearest PSP station.