As many of you know on Monday, Governor Wolf declared that all “non-life sustaining businesses” must close to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Some of the businesses that were permitted to remain open are banks, telecommunications (wireless carriers), all healthcare related businesses, social assistance offices, public transportation operations, taxi service, auto repair and service, auto parts, utility offices, grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and some restaurants (pickup or delivery only). For a detailed list of the status of all businesses see the following link.
A “stay a home” order has been issued today by the Governor for Allegheny County (and five other counties in Eastern Pennsylvania). This order goes into effect at 8:00 pm this evening and is expected to last for at least two weeks. Per the order residents should only leave their home for “life sustaining” activities. Such allowable activities include working at a life sustaining business (referenced above) or leaving one’s home for things such as buying groceries or picking up a prescription. It appears outdoor exercise to some extent is also allowed, but residents must maintain a safe distance from other people. We will provide more information as it becomes available and try and provide clarification if necessary.
We know this is a difficult time for many and that life doesn’t always stop during a such a crisis. That is why Zimmaro Law is still here for you via phone, email and offering video conference calls. If you have questions about the above or another legal matter do not hesitate to call anytime at 412-260-6540.