Due to the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), on March 19, 2020, Tom Wolf, the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, in conjunction with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, issued an emergency Order mandating the closure of all “non-life-sustaining” businesses. Enforcement of the Order went into effect on March 23, 2020 at 8:00 a.m.
Since that time, several updates to both the Order and the list of life-sustaining businesses have been issued. The list of life-sustaining businesses was most recently updated on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, with the following changes:
- Both commercial and private construction can begin May 1, instead of previous date of May 8, with guidelines/restrictions
- Beginning May 1, marinas and golf courses permitted for limited operations (Other Amusement and Recreating Industries Category)
- While golf courses may resume limited operations there may be no gatherings at golf courses and social distancing guidelines of six feet or more must be strictly adhered to. Additionally, while golf carts may be used for play, only one individual is allowed to be in each cart. Golf course employees are not permitted to be on premises for the purpose of assisting with golf games—that means no caddying. Finally, at courses where there are restaurants or dining areas, service must be limited to take-out or delivery only and adhere generally to guidelines and requirements applicable to all food and drink establishments.
- Similarly, marinas, boatyards, and recreational marine manufacturers will be able to open their facilities and provide services, as long as they adhere to strict social distancing and sanitization guidance. The operation of these facilities is limited to personal or commercial use or operation of boats and watercraft. Chartered watercraft services—including fishing with more than two clients—and rental services are still prohibited. Again, restaurant and dining services at these establishments is limited to take-out or delivery only.
- Beginning May 1, private campgrounds can reopen (RV Parks and Recreational Camps)
Any business that reopens during this time is still subject to Secretary of Department of Health’s Building Safety Measures Order.
We will continue to monitor and provide guidance on business openings and restrictions as they become available. We are here to assist your business with questions about interpreting these Orders and other legal needs arising during this challenging time. Please contact us using the form below, or give us a call at 610-797-9000.