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Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine today announced all 67 Pennsylvania counties will be under stay-at-home orders effective tonight, Wednesday, April 1, at 8 p.m.

This is the most prudent option to stop the spread of COVID-19 across our commonwealth, where cases continue to grow daily,” Gov. Wolf said. “We appreciate the shared sacrifice of all 12.8 million Pennsylvanians; we are in this together and this statewide stay-at-home order is being made after many discussions with multiple state agencies; Dr. Levine; and state, county and local officials as we continue to monitor the most effective ways to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19.”

Previously, there were 33 counties on statewide stay-at-home orders. The first orders were issued on March 23 for seven counties.

The statewide stay-at-home order takes effect at 8 p.m. today, Wednesday, April 1, 2020, and will continue until April 30. All Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice and non-life-sustaining business closures remain in effect. All essential state services will continue.

“This statewide stay-at-home order is not just to protect ourselves from exposure to COVID-19, but it protects those on the front lines,” Dr. Levine said. “Our doctors, nurses, police, fire, EMTs need us to do this. And the CNAs who are taking care of our family in nursing or long-term care facilities need us to do this. Staying at home doesn’t mean making a daily stop at the grocery store because you need to get out of the house. Staying at home means you must stay at home.”

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 non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth
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, 2020 business closure Orders
News media
Law enforcement, emergency medical services personnel, firefighters
The federal government
Religious institutions

Individuals experiencing homelessness are not subject to this order but are strongly urged to find shelter and government agencies are urged to take steps needed to provide shelter for those individuals.

International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures are exempt and may remain in campus housing.

The Department of Education will be providing updated guidance and resources on the continuity of education for students to schools in the coming days.

At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement. To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station. Please do not call 911 or the Department of Community and Economic Development to file reports. Law enforcement officers should refer to Business Closure Order Enforcement Guidance available online.

For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit:


John R. Stilson said...

So flatlanders THIS MEANS YOU!

john said...

HEY WOLF! In your martial law crap is it ok with you that some people have no money and no help from anyone to get groceries so they can survive,I'm going to assume you ok with someone slowly starving to death.I can assure you if that happens i will make sure your held fully responsible,that you can count on.Your blowing this crap way out of proportion just because your given a little authority and you now think your above the law.

David Hanson said...

I'm a truck driver who travels in states that already have these bans and still alot people running the roads! There not going to comply with these laws! Were trying to restock the stores with supplies and putting our lives in danger with the deadly virus but people have no respect for us!

Unknown said...

What do you mean by you flatlanders

Anonymous said...

Ok I agree, but I now have a problem, I go for groceries once a month, no I'm not on food stamps, this is just my habit, today is my day, can I still go? I need to travel out of town cause I need to get dog food to I buy enough, for 4 dogs for months only place to get it is tractor supply.

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Anonymous said...

John thats not very nice! You should read Pastor James Campbell's letter up above! Kind words!

Anonymous said...

why is it that morgan amt in Coudersport,pa is still putting employees and there families at risk of covid-19 many people from many communities gather in one place so they can show a profit and spread the virus

Anonymous said...

@John (Shaking head). Come on. Grow up.

Anonymous said...

"Flatlanders that means you". Lets take a look at that for a minute.

Full time resident, Owns his property, Pays taxes on his property,
Spends his money supporting the local economy.
Pays school tax for his children to go to school.

Part time resident, Owns his property, Pays taxes on his property,
Spends his money supporting the local economy.
Pays school tax so full time residents kids can
go to school.

If a person who is a homeowner and chooses to shelter in place at his seasonal property it is his right as long as he follows all the proper safe space rules. Just because you are a full time resident doesn't give you anymore rights than someone else.
There are knuckleheads everywhere including where you live!

Anonymous said...

John you should not be commenting on this stuff! Kind words please!

Anonymous said...

@10:05, I really doubt that governor Wolf is reading this post. Okay, maybe, but doubtful.

Jessica James said...

At least john has the balls to write his name. As all you anonymous people dont. And I agree. Stay home!!! Not go to your camps and affect the rest of us. And if you dont know what a flatlander is then... chances are you are one. Stay home

Anonymous said...

If the people in this state had followed the guidelines of the CDC and the WHO then Governor Wolf would not have had to take these steps. This state of affairs has been brought about by the actions of selfish and unthinking people. Not many people like to have to stay at home all of the time. I know that I don't. BUT every time someone goes out and comes back they are potentially bringing the virus home with them and spreading it to the vulnerable members of their family. Go to the store once a week. Plan ahead. Do not stop by the convenience store every day for a coffee or fast food. Stay out of crowded places as much as you can. Practice thorough handwashing technique. Disinfect handrails, doorknobs, etc. If you have any symptoms of illness STAY Home. Why is this so difficult for people to understand and adhere to??