In the wake of the coronavirus, the city Philadelphia officials recommend canceling or postponing any event with more than 50 people, in accordance with advice from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — to help prevent the virus from spreading.
On Mar. 19, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a mandatory shutdown order to all Pennsylvania businesses not considered “life-sustaining” in response to the coronavirus outbreak. The full list is here. These orders are in effect until further notice.
But here’s a list of what is considered “essential” and allowed to remain open:
Supermarkets, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and mini markets
Restaurants and food vendors providing food through online, delivery, pickup or walk-in
Hardware stores and stores supplying construction materials
Gas stations, auto repair shops, and bicycle stores
Stores selling general merchandise and household consumer products
Laundromats and dry cleaners
Veterinary clinics and pet stores
Home/Commercial building repairs
Also “essential” are any businesses that sell any of the following:
audio and video electronics
plumbing or heating material
personal hygiene products
medical and orthopedic equipment
optics and photography equipment
soaps and detergents
Essential government services that will continue include:
health and human services
sanitation (including trash collection)
finance and payroll
Have a question about what’s open and what’s closed? Email us at ThingsToDo@Inquirer.com.
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