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From the archives 2020

UPDATED: A full list of which Pa. businesses must close, which are 'life-sustaining' under new coronavirus shutdown order

by Angela Couloumbis of Spotlight PA |

See a full list of which businesses must close, which can stay open under Gov. Tom Wolf's order to close all but "life-sustaining" operations.
JESSICA GRIFFIN / Philadelphia Inquirer

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HARRISBURG — The Wolf administration on Friday released a new list of “life-sustaining” businesses that may continue physical operations.

The governor issued a mandatory shutdown order in response to the coronavirus outbreak on Thursday. The first list of businesses directed to close was criticized by some industry leaders and lawmakers as overly broad and unfair.

Enforcement of the order will begin Saturday.

Here is a full list of which Pa. businesses are affected:

UPDATED 5:45pm, March 21, 2020 - Industry Operation Guidance

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