COVID-19

Kathryn L. Simpson, Esquire
Shareholder
Mette, Evans & Woodside

Gov. Tom Wolf announced a mandatory shut-down of all non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania effective at 8 p.m. on March 19, 2020. “To protect the health and safety of all Pennsylvanians, we need to take more aggressive mitigation actions,” said Gov. Wolf. “This virus is an invisible danger that could be present everywhere. We need to act with the strength we use against any other severe threat. And, we need to act now before the illness spreads more widely.”

The failure to comply with these requirements will result in enforcement action that could include citations, fines, or license suspensions.

To determine if a business should shut-down or can remain open, view the list of businesses and their categories provided by the PA Governor.

To enforce the shut-down the governor has directed the following state agencies and local officials to enforce the closure orders to the full extent of the law:

  • Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board
  • Department of Health
  • Department of Agriculture
  • Pennsylvania State Police
  • Local officials, using their resources to enforce closure orders within their jurisdictions

According to the release, private businesses, local organizations and other non-compliant entities that fail or refuse to comply with the governor’s orders that protect the lives and health of Pennsylvanians will forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action. Such action may include termination of state loan or grant funding, including Redevelopment Assistance Capital Project (RACP) grant funding and/or suspension or revocation of licensure for violation of the law.

Finally, in addition to any other criminal charges that might be applicable, the Department of Health is authorized to prosecute non-compliant entities for the failure to comply with health laws, including quarantine, isolation or other disease control measures. Violators are subject to fines or imprisonment.

Clients with questions regarding this mandatory shut-down can send them to klsimpson@mette.com.