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Shutdown Orders and “Essential” Businesses

On March 17 and March 22, 2020, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, in conjunction with Philadelphia Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley, issued orders prohibiting the operation of all “nonessential” businesses in the City of Philadelphia, and further requiring all businesses remaining in operation to follow “Social Distancing Rules.” Copies of Mayor Kenney’s orders can be accessed on the City of Philadelphia’s website here and here.

Two days after Mayor Kenney’s initial order, on March 19, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf ordered the immediate closure of all non “life-sustaining” businesses within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He further ordered that any life-sustaining business that remained open must follow, at a minimum, the social distancing practices and other mitigation measures defined by the Center for Disease Control (the “CDC”) to protect workers and patrons. A copy of Governor Wolf’s order is available here.

Local and state officials throughout the country have likewise issued orders or proclamations mandating the closure of all nonessential or non-life-sustaining businesses within their jurisdictions. These orders had, and continue to have, an immediate and profound impact on businesses operating in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. This document serves as a guide for businesses in navigating the closure orders currently in effect in Philadelphia.



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