On March 19, 2020 PA Govenor Tom Wolf ordered all non-life-sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania to close their physical locations to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The deadline to shut down is March 19, 2020 by 8 PM. Enforcement of the Order will begin on Monday, March 23, 2020.

Governor Tom Wolf’s Order – 3/19/2020


Amendment to the Business Closure Order Changing Start Date of Enforcement from 3/21/2020 to 3/23/2020



Life Sustaining Businesses  – Updated 3/21/20

FROM THE DCED: On March 20, the Governor provided an updated list to help distinguish which businesses may continue to operate and which cannot. We understand many businesses may have questions about whether they must shut down. To help provide further clarity for these questions, DCED has developed an FAQ page. If you have further questions not answered on the FAQ, please email ra-dcedcs@pa.gov.



Link to Department of Community and Economic Development Waiver Form

FROM THE DCED: We understand that in extenuating circumstances, special exemptions to the order should be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers. The Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has established a process for applying for an exemption to the order. Before you apply for an exemption, we encourage you to view the updated list and the FAQ linked above to find out if it is necessary for your business to apply for an exemption.

If you determine an exemption is required for your business, please follow this link to take you to the exemption application form. After you fill out the information for your business and submit the form, business professionals at DCED will review the form and provide a response as quickly as possible. Non-life-sustaining businesses are not permitted to continue operating their physical locations while waiting for a response.


John Prorok

John Prorok possesses an invaluable understanding of privately held business owners’ needs in business planning, corporate formation, and transactions. He frequently speaks and counsels emerging and start‐up enterprises, offering insightful legal strategies toward success.