Gov. Wolf considers “shelter-in-place” order for Pennsylvania

Written by on March 23, 2020

Gov. Wolf considers “shelter-in-place” order for Pennsylvania

by Jen Rehill

March 23, 2020

Governor Wolf is still considering a “shelter-in-place” order for Pennsylvania.

Enforcement of Governor Tom Wolf’s ordered closure of “non-life sustaining business” begins this morning. But even as state officials say they received thousands of waiver requests over the weekend, WLVR’s Jen Rehill reports that more stringent restrictions may be coming next.

Philadelphia issued a “stay at home” order on Sunday, limiting all but essential travel for residents to buy food or medicine. And Governor Wolf says he’s considering the same for the rest of the state.

“That’s something that has to be under consideration, and it is for Pennsylvania. Look, what we’re trying to do here is buy time. We need to keep what happened in Italy from happening here in Pennsylvania,” said Gov. Wolf.

For now, Wolf says existing efforts to close businesses and promote social distancing are designed to slow the spread of the disease.

“If we don’t succeed in this, then our health systems are going to be stretched beyond their limit and we’re going to face the dire consequences similar to what Italy has faced. We’re trying to avoid that.”

To that end, state police will work with local law enforcement across the state to “remind” businesses not considered essential to sustaining life that it’s time to close their doors. 


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