Pennsylvania’s Governor Tom Wolf signed an order yesterday to close all businesses deemed non-essential as a means to contain and prevent the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus beginning at midnight last night. Businesses that are considered non-essential include rec centers, shopping malls, bars, and restaurant dining areas, though restaurants may still provide delivery and take out services. Gas stations, grocery stores, pharmacies and other such businesses are not affected by the order. Workers whose incomes are impacted by these closures may apply for unemployment compensation and the best way to do so is online at uc.pa.gov. There are 76 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the commonwealth as of 7PM last night, nearly half of which are in Montgomery County.
The state of Ohio has postponed its presidential primaries scheduled for today and taken many of the same measures as PA including business closures. In the city of Meadville the Meadville Central Fire Station and Public Works Garage are closed to the public until further notice. The Meadville City Building is also closed to the public until further notice with the exception of the Police Department and District Court 30-2-01. All Wines and Spirits stores in the state will be closed beginning at 9PM tonight, PennDOT Driver’s License and Photo Centers are closed, and many public events, church services, and other happenings have been postponed or cancelled, please check with event organizers to be certain.