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Pennsylvania's stay at home order will continue through May 8, Wolf says Gov. Tom Wolf announced Monday that the statewide stay at home order. Apri 1, 2020 Update: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine amended their stay-at-home Orders. According to the Pennsylvania Department of Health, vaccines are safe and effective To practice social or physical distancing, stay at least 6 feet from. pa stay at home order

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Responding to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvanians age 5 and over are now eligible for the COVID vaccine. Kids ages 5-11 and adolescents ages 12-15 can receive the Pfizer vaccine only.

Find a Vaccine

Use the vaccine provider map to find a place to schedule your vaccine.

If you received the Moderna or Pfizer COVID vaccines, don’t forget to go back for your second dose. If you received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, you are fully protected after one dose.

Track Pennsylvania’s Progress

Check out the COVID-19 Vaccine Dashboard to track the progress of vaccine distribution in Pennsylvania.

Why Vaccines?

Vaccines are safe and are the best way to protect yourself and those around you from serious illnesses.

The COVID-19 vaccine can keep you from getting COVID-19, and may even lessen symptoms if you do contract the virus.

COVID-19 vaccination will help protect you by creating an antibody response without having to experience sickness.

What If I’ve Already Had COVID?

Because experts don’t know how long immunity lasts after someone get sick with COVID-19, a vaccine would still offer important protection to Pennsylvanians who have already had COVID.

How Much Do Vaccines Cost?

Vaccine doses purchased with American dollars will be provided by the federal government at no cost.

Learn More

Get the latest vaccine updates and answers to frequently asked questions from the Department of Health. If you have questions about the vaccination process in Pennsylvania, please call the Pennsylvania Department of Health hotline at 1-877-724-3258.

Check out the Pennsylvania COVID-19 Dashboard to see up-to-date data on case counts and demographics, hospital preparedness, and testing.

COVID-19 mitigation measures have been lifted in Pennsylvania.

Businesses and organizations may continue to implement mask policies.

Local Guidelines

Municipalities may ​continue to implement stricter mitigation efforts.

A Secretary of Health order requires masks to be worn inside K-12 school buildings, early learning programs, and child care providers. The order takes effect at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021.

The Wolf Administration supports local officials who choose to maintain additional restrictions. The following counties are under additional local guidelines:

Suspended Regulations

See a list of suspended regulations here (updated 11/1/21).

 

To help navigate through the potential financial impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Pennsylvania businesses,  the state and federal government are offering loans to help offset the revenue lost.

Check the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development website for the most up-to-date information on resources and loans for businesses.

Unemployment Compensation

NOTICE: Federal unemployment benefit programs, including Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), and Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC), ended on September 4, 2021.

Other resources are still available to those who may need them.

Credit Cards

If you have seen a reduction in pay due to COVID-19 and are struggling to make your credit card or loan payments, contact your lender right away. Regulatory agencies have encouraged financial institutions to work with customers impacted by the coronavirus. For guidance, visit the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau or contact a credit counselor near you.

Mortgage, Rent, and Utilities

If you can’t cover your mortgage payment or rent, contact your lender or landlord immediately. Do not wait until you’re behind on payments. Some lenders may work out an agreement with you to waive late fees, set up a repayment plan or offer loan forbearance.

If you are at risk for eviction or loss of utility service help is now available through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). Pennsylvanians can submit applications online at compass.state.pa.us.

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission Chairman has also put protections in place for low-income Pennsylvanians. Learn more about these protections.

Home heating help is available through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Learn more and apply for the program.

Pennsylvanians out of work and without pay, or with significantly reduced hours as a result of COVID-19, are eligible to receive state and federally sourced foods from Pennsylvania’s food banks and pantries. Find a pantry near you, then give them a call to make arrangements.

There are many other food assistance resources available. Find a comprehensive list on the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture website.

It’s normal to feel stress around COVID-19. Reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not an indication of weakness.

Use the Mental Health Resources guide to find more help and information available to Pennsylvanians

More Resources for Pennsylvanians

Источник: https://www.pa.gov/guides/responding-to-covid-19/

Franklin County placed under stay-at-home order due to coronavirus; case tally at 19


Franklin County has been placed under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic, effective 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

The order, issued by Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, now includes 33 counties. Cumberland, York and Lebanon counties are among them. 

Cameron, Crawford, Forest, Lawrence, Lebanon and Somerset counties were added on Tuesday. All previous stay-at-home-orders were extended to April 30 Monday. In addition, Wolf announced that the state's K-12 schools will remain closed indefinitely. 

Residents are only supposed to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as to seek medical treatment or go grocery shopping while the order is in effect. Public health officials have urged people to practice social distancing - or limit contact with anyone outside of one's home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Pennsylvania had 4,843 COVID-19 cases as of noon Tuesday.

In Franklin County, the tally grew to 19, up seven from the day before. The county's first case was reported on March 20. 

The number of cases has been growing in the region to the county's east. Cumberland County has 36 cases, including one death. Adams County has nine cases; York County has 66; Lancaster County has 123; Lebanon County has 28; and Dauphin County has 45. 

To the west, there have been no cases reported in Fulton County. 

More: Here's how to get tested for the coronavirus in Franklin County

What is allowed under this order?

While residents are encouraged to stay at home unless it is necessary for them to leave, people can still travel for work or other essential business. 

Here are other approved activities:

  • Activities essential to maintaining health and safety (obtaining medicine, getting healthcare, obtaining supplies to work from home)
  • Obtaining or delivering essential supplies or services, such as buying food, household products and other essential supplies. 
  • Volunteer efforts to distribute meals, other life-sustaining services
  • Outdoor activity where social distancing can be maintained, such as walking, hiking or running. 
  • Working in life-sustaining businesses
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household. 

Amber South can be reached at [email protected] 

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Источник: https://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/news/local/2020/03/31/coronavirus-pa-franklin-county-added-stay-home-order/5095993002/

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order to June 4

Stay-at-home order extended to June 4 for areas in the red phase, including Delaware County

Governor Wolf has extended the stay-at-home order to June 4 for areas in the red phase, including Delaware County and surrounding counties. The extended stay-at-home order remains the same as the original statewide stay-at-home order announced on April 1. Under the order, only essential businesses can operate and residents are asked to stay home unless travel is essential. Details on the extended order can be found here: www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-take-actions-on-stay-at-home-orders-issue-yellow-phase-orders/

The stay-at-home order was issued by the Governor. The County does not have the authority to amend or lift the order. What we can do and have done is to identify the ways that we believe will help us meet the criteria for a reopening by the Governor more quickly, and also in a way that is safe for our community.

When the Governor released his timeline for reopening parts of the State, Council asked that the Governor measure progress using separate metrics for new cases in nursing homes and new cases in the rest of the community. Looking at the two populations separately allows us to understand the progress being made, and the appropriate responses, more effectively and precisely.

According to local and national public health experts, higher levels of testing capacity would allow us to broaden our community testing and include asymptomatic people who are unknowingly spreading the virus. In tandem with a more robust contact tracing and case investigation system, we would be able to more rapidly identify where the virus exists and isolate it. And, after a full or partial reopening, when the inevitable flare-ups of COVID-19 occur, more robust testing and contact tracing would allow us to more readily contain the spread to help prevent returning to a state of shutdown.

Delaware County Council, along with the leadership of other counties in the Southeast region of the state have been calling on State leadership in Harrisburg to prioritize making more tests available to the region. Council is in daily communication with local county leaders and elected leaders in Delaware County to address the ways we can start to reopen safely and have been communicating that message to leaders at the State.

Please know we are doing everything within our power to safely reopen as quickly as possible. As we have said- we do not have the authority to lift or amend this order.

We fully understand this has been devastating to our entire community. The County has been working to offer information and resources to assist our residents. We have taken measures to support our suffering business community with the investment of $1.75 million in the Delco Strong Small Business Support Program. Further, we are currently working to initiate a second round of business support in an effort to help our businesses get through this crisis. We have been working to coordinate food and supply donations to residents in need and offer support for those who are struggling.

We recognize it is frustrating to watch counties in Central and Western Pennsylvania and also neighboring states that have been not been hit as hard begin to open up while we are still shuttered.

The County is doing everything we can to help our residents and businesses through this extremely difficult time. We thank you for your collective efforts and sacrifices as a community as we all face this crisis together.



Источник: https://www.delcopa.gov/publicrelations/releases/2020/stayathome_june4.html

Pennsylvania State Senate votes to override governor's stay-at-home order

The Pennsylvania State Senate on Wednesday sent a bill that would partially lift the lockdown on most of the state’s businesses to Gov. Tom Wolf’s (D) desk.

The measure, Senate Bill 613, would require the governor’s office to align with federal guidelines in determining which businesses will be allowed to reopen during the pandemic, allowing all those that can safely operate with mitigation strategies under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency guidelines.

The measure passed the senate 29-21 Wednesday after passing the state House 107-95 Tuesday.

The Republican senate also approved a bill that would allow county governments to implement their own plans to reopen independent of the state’s plan.

The Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee condemned the move, which comes the same day protesters in Michigan and Ohio demonstrated in favor of reopening without observing social distancing guidelines.

“The Pennsylvania GOP has a storied history of passing irresponsible legislation, but even I’m surprised they’ve stooped so low,” DLCC President Jessica Post said in a statement. “Republicans have sent the message loud and clear: they don’t care about Pennsylvania families or the lives that will be lost should this legislation become law. The GOP’s focus should be on saving lives, not saving the stock market.”

State Rep. Mike Jones (R) told WGAL, a local NBC affiliate, that the process by which businesses apply for waivers in the state lacked transparency.

"I think the waiver process has been extremely inefficient. We're concerned it's been very unfair. The problem is it's also not been made public," he told the outlet. "Those are the big three that virtually every other state in the nation, including many of the surrounding states, continue to operate, and it's coming at the expense of our state.”

Wolf has not said whether he will sign the measure but has said he will consider it. Earlier this week he joined a compact of northeastern governors including the governors of Delaware, New York, Rhode Island and Connecticut to develop a regional plan for reopening when it is deemed appropriate.

Источник: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/493060-pennsylvania-state-senate-votes-to-override-governors-stay-at-home-order

As COVID-19 surges in Pa., Wolf issues stay-at-home advisory, but it's not an order


Pennsylvania has issued a stay-at-home health advisory in response to the current surge in the coronavirus pandemic.

The advisory urges all residents to stay at home to the greatest extent possible due to the rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state, according to the memo signed by Gov. Tom Wolf. 

Residents should only leave home to go to work or school, or for essential needs, like seeking medical care, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, picking up food or exercising.

The advisory, issued Monday morning, will remain in place through Jan. 4, 2021, unless an additional advisory is issued.

Is this an order?

Note, the advisory is just that — advice — and doesn't carry any penaltiesThough Secretary of Health Rachel Levine pleaded for people to stay at home "unless absolutely necessary," and discouraged people from traveling during the holidays.

When not at home, Wolf said, individuals must wear a face covering and practice physical distancing by staying at least 6 feet away from others and frequent hand hygiene.

"We all need to commit to wearing a mask and staying home wherever possible," Wolf said.

Household gatherings are also advised against when attendees include non-household members, according to the advisory. Pennsylvania's universal masking order was updated last week to require mask-wearing anywhere in the commonwealth indoors, as well as outdoors if physical distance is not able to be maintained.

Wolf has also re-issued orders requiring businesses to enforce cleaning and social distancing requirements and mandatory telework unless impossible.

On Monday, the state Department of Health reported an additional 11,837 positive cases for a statewide total of 314,401. Already, at least 9,870 Pennsylvania residents have died from the coronavirus.

Pa. puts new limits on indoor and outdoor gatherings

New restrictions were also put on indoor and outdoor events. Levine said indoor gatherings of 500 people are now prohibited, as are events with 2,500 or more people outside.

Levine said those new orders will be enforced by law enforcement and could result in consequences for repeat offenders.

"Orders already in place and those announced today will be enforced, and law enforcement and state agencies will be stepping up enforcement efforts, issuing citations and fines and possible regulatory actions," Levine said. 

More: Closed for the night: Restaurant owners, advocates respond to Thanksgiving eve alcohol ban

Last week, Levine rolled out a number of "targeted efforts" to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, including an order that requires anyone who enters Pennsylvania to be tested within 72 hours of arriving.

If someone cannot or does not get a negative test, they must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival. The order took effect on Nov. 20, and the only exception to that rule was for those who commute to neighboring states for work or health care.

More: Pennsylvania could run out of ICU beds by next week as COVID patients overwhelm hospitals

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Источник: https://www.ydr.com/story/news/2020/11/23/coronavirus-pa-wolf-issues-stay-home-advisory-but-its-not-order/6397107002/

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Apri 1, 2020 Update: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine amended their stay-at-home Orders, extending them to all 67 Pennsylvania counties, effective April 1, 2020, 8:00 p.m.  The entire Commonwealth is now subject to the governor’s and secretary’s stay-at-home orders.

March 30, 2020 Update: Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, M.D., amended their prior Stay at Home orders by extending them until April 30 and expanding them to cover 26 counties in the Commonwealth.  The covered counties re: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, and York Counties.

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On March 23, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Rachel Levine, M.D. issued two stay at home Orders mandating that residents in seven counties—Allegheny (Pittsburgh), Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia—“stay at home or at their place of residence except as needed to access, support or provide life-sustaining business, emergency or government services.”  The Orders took effect on March 23, 2020 at 8:00 EDT.  They will remain in effect through April 6, 2020.

The Orders are in addition to the governor’s March 19, 2020 Order mandating that all business in the Commonwealth that are not “Life-Sustaining” shut down their business operations. 

The governor and secretary of health issued guidance on the scope of the stay-at-home Orders.  Under the guidance, individuals may only leave their residence to perform certain allowable, individual activities and allowable essential travel:

Allowable Individual Activities

  • To perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.
  • To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as getting food and household consumer products, pet food, and supplies necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.  These activities include volunteer efforts to distribute meals and other life-sustaining services to those in need.
  • To engage in outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing.
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business.
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household.

Allowable Essential Travel

  • Travel related to the providing of or access to the allowable individual activities or life-sustaining business activities as provided by the governor’s March 19, 2020 Order and the guidance issued under it.
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
  • Travel to or from educational institutions to receive materials for distance learning, to receive meals, and to receive other, related services.
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction.
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the Commonwealth.

Government Services

The guidance directs local governments and government agencies to use their best judgment to implement the Order while ensuring that the government and its contractors deliver critical services and functions.

Other Exceptions

The Orders permit certain childcare facilities that serve employees of life-sustaining businesses to remain open:

  • Group and family child care providers in a residence;
  • Child care facilities operating under a waiver granted by the Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning; and,
  • Part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the governor’s March 19, 2020 Order.

The guidance issued with the Orders also exempts international students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness because of campus closures, noting that they may remain in campus housing.  It also notes that homeless individuals are exempt, but it urges governments to try to provide them with shelter.

The guidance also notes that the Orders do not apply to the news media, law enforcement, the federal government, or religious institutions.

Enforcement

In announcing the Orders, the governor explained that law enforcement will focus on ensuring that residents are aware of the Orders and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement.  The governor did, however, release enforcement guidance that provides law enforcement with a list of various provisions of the Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955, the Administrative Code, and the Liquor Code that may be used to impose criminal penalties and fines on individuals and business that violate the Orders. 

What Should Businesses and Residents Do?

Individuals in the seven affected counties should limit their activities outside of the home to those expressly permitted by the Orders until at least April 6, 2020, or until further guidance is issued.  Life-Sustaining businesses with employees who live in these counties should ensure that their employees are aware of the restrictions in the Orders and remind their employees to follow social distancing practices.  They may want to encourage their employees to carry some form of proof that they work for a Life-Sustaining business—such as their building access card, business card, or pay stub—with them when commuting to and from work.

Источник: https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/pennsylvania-issues-stay-home-order-covering-numerous-counties

Pennsylvania Lifts Stay-at-Home Orders for Everyone

At 11:59 p.m. June 4, Pennsylvania residents will no longer be on lockdown under Governor Tom Wolf’s coronavirus emergency declaration.

 

The stay-at-home requirements were already lifted in the counties that had moved into the yellow or green phase but the order will be lifted for the counties still in the red phase.

In northeastern Pennsylvania, Bradford County is already in the green, least restrictive phase.  The upgrade May 29 allowed in-house dining and bar service and more retail, but with restrictions regarding physical distancing, hygiene and cleaning and personal protective equipment.  Hair salons were also allowed to reopen.

Susquehanna County just moved into the yellow phase that allowed some limited retail and the lifting of the stay-at-home orders but hair salons and barbershops are still not allowed to resume operations.

 

Источник: https://wnbf.com/pennsylvania-lifts-stay-at-home-orders-for-everyone/

Governor Extends Stay-at-Home Order to June 4

Stay-at-home order extended to June 4 for areas in the red phase, including Delaware County

Governor Wolf has extended the stay-at-home order to June 4 for areas in the red phase, including Delaware County and surrounding counties. The extended stay-at-home order remains the same as the original statewide stay-at-home order announced on April 1. Under the order, only essential businesses can operate and residents are asked to stay home unless travel is essential. Details on the extended order can be found here: www.governor.pa.gov/newsroom/gov-wolf-sec-of-health-take-actions-on-stay-at-home-orders-issue-yellow-phase-orders/

The stay-at-home order was issued by the Governor. The County does not have the authority to amend or lift the order. What we can do and have done is to identify the ways that we believe will help us meet the criteria for a reopening by the Governor more quickly, and also in a way that is safe for our community.

When the Governor released his timeline for reopening parts of the State, Council asked that the Governor measure progress using separate metrics for new cases pa stay at home order nursing homes and new cases in the rest of the community. Looking at the two populations separately allows us to understand the progress being made, and the appropriate responses, more effectively and precisely.

According to local and national public health experts, higher levels of testing capacity would allow us to broaden our community testing and include asymptomatic people who are unknowingly spreading the virus. In tandem with a more robust contact tracing and case investigation system, we would be able to more rapidly identify where the virus exists and isolate it. And, after a full or partial reopening, when the inevitable flare-ups of COVID-19 occur, more robust testing and contact tracing would allow us to more readily contain the spread to help prevent returning to a state of shutdown.

Delaware County Council, along with the leadership of other counties in the Southeast region of the state have been calling on State leadership in Harrisburg to cash america pawn nashville tn making more tests available to the region. Council is in daily communication with local county leaders and elected leaders in Delaware County to address the ways we can start to reopen safely and have been communicating that message to leaders at the State.

Please know we are doing everything within our power to safely reopen as quickly as possible. As we have said- we do not have the authority to lift or amend this order.

We bankwest near me understand this has been devastating to our entire community. The County has been working to offer information and resources to assist our residents. We have taken measures to support our suffering business community with the investment of $1.75 million in the Delco Strong Small Business Support Program. Further, we are currently working to initiate a second round of business support in an effort to help our businesses get through this crisis. We have been working to coordinate food and supply donations to residents in need and offer support for those who are struggling.

We recognize it is frustrating to watch counties in Central and Western Pennsylvania and also neighboring states that have been not been hit as pa stay at home order begin to open up while we are still shuttered.

The County is doing everything we can to help our residents and businesses through this extremely difficult time. We thank you for your collective efforts and sacrifices as a community as we all face this crisis together.



Источник: https://www.delcopa.gov/publicrelations/releases/2020/stayathome_june4.html

Franklin County placed under stay-at-home order pa stay at home order to pa stay at home order case tally at 19


Franklin County has been placed under a stay-at-home order due to the coronavirus pandemic, effective 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

The order, issued pa stay at home order Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, now includes 33 counties. Cumberland, York and Lebanon counties are among them. 

Cameron, Crawford, Www edd ca, Lawrence, Lebanon and Somerset counties were added on Tuesday. All previous stay-at-home-orders were extended to April 30 Monday. In addition, Wolf announced that the state's K-12 schools will remain closed indefinitely. 

Residents are only supposed to leave their homes for essential reasons, such as to seek medical treatment or go grocery shopping while the order is in effect. Public health officials have urged people to practice social distancing - or limit contact with anyone outside of one's home to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Pennsylvania had 4,843 COVID-19 cases as of noon Tuesday.

In Franklin County, the tally grew to 19, up seven from pa stay at home order day before. The county's first case was reported on March 20. 

The number of cases has been growing in the region to the county's east. Cumberland County has 36 cases, including one death. Adams County has nine cases; York County has 66; Lancaster County has 123; Lebanon County has 28; and Dauphin County has 45. 

To the west, there have been pa stay at home order cases reported in Fulton County. 

More: Here's how to get tested for the coronavirus in Franklin County

What is allowed under this order?

While residents are encouraged to stay at home unless it is necessary for them to leave, people can still travel for work or other essential business. 

Here are other approved activities:

  • Activities essential to maintaining health and safety (obtaining medicine, getting healthcare, obtaining supplies to work from home)
  • Obtaining or delivering essential supplies or services, such as buying food, household products and other essential supplies. 
  • Volunteer efforts to distribute meals, other life-sustaining services
  • Outdoor activity where social distancing can be maintained, such as walking, hiking or running. 
  • Working in life-sustaining businesses
  • Caring for a family member or pet in another household. 

Amber South can be reached at [email protected] 

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Источник: https://www.publicopiniononline.com/story/news/local/2020/03/31/coronavirus-pa-franklin-county-added-stay-home-order/5095993002/

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Apri 1, 2020 Update: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine amended their stay-at-home Orders, extending them to all 67 Pennsylvania counties, effective April 1, 2020, 8:00 p.m.  The entire Commonwealth is now subject to the governor’s and secretary’s stay-at-home orders.

March 30, 2020 Update: Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, M.D., amended their prior Stay at Home orders by extending them until April 30 and expanding them to cover 26 counties in the Commonwealth.  The covered counties re: Allegheny, Beaver, Berks, Bucks, Butler, Carbon, Centre, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Luzerne, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Pike, Philadelphia, Schuylkill, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, and York Counties.

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On March 23, 2020, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health Rachel Levine, M.D. issued two stay at home Orders mandating that residents in seven counties—Allegheny (Pittsburgh), Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia—“stay at home or at their place of residence except as needed to access, support or provide life-sustaining business, emergency or government services.”  The Orders took effect on March 23, 2020 at 8:00 EDT.  They will remain in effect through April 6, 2020.

The Orders are in addition to the governor’s March 19, 2020 Order mandating that all business in the Commonwealth that are not “Life-Sustaining” shut down their business operations. 

The governor and secretary of health issued guidance on the scope of the stay-at-home Orders.  Under the guidance, individuals may only leave their residence to perform certain allowable, individual activities and allowable essential travel:

Allowable Individual Activities

  • To perform tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional, or obtaining supplies needed to work from home.
  • To obtain necessary services or supplies for themselves or their family or household members, or to deliver those services or supplies to others, such as getting food and household consumer products, pet food, and supplies necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation, and essential operation of residences.  These activities include volunteer efforts to distribute meals and other life-sustaining services to those in need.
  • To engage in outdoor activities, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing.
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business.
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household.

Allowable Essential Travel

  • Travel related to the providing of or access to the allowable individual activities or life-sustaining business activities as provided by the governor’s March 19, 2020 Order and the guidance issued under it.
  • Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable persons.
  • Travel to or from educational institutions to receive materials for distance learning, to receive meals, and to receive other, related services.
  • Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction.
  • Travel required by law enforcement or court order.
  • Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the Commonwealth.

Government Services

The guidance directs local governments and government agencies to use their best judgment to implement the Order while ensuring that the government and its contractors deliver critical services and functions.

Other Exceptions

The Orders permit certain childcare facilities that serve employees of life-sustaining businesses to remain open:

  • Group and family child care providers in a residence;
  • Child care facilities operating under a waiver granted by the Department of Human Services Office of Child Development and Early Learning; and,
  • Part-day school age programs operating under an exemption from the governor’s March 19, 2020 Order.

The guidance issued with the Orders also exempts international students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness because of campus closures, noting that they may remain in campus housing.  It also notes that homeless individuals are exempt, but it urges governments to try to provide them with shelter.

The guidance also notes that the Orders do not apply to the news media, law enforcement, the federal government, or religious institutions.

Enforcement

In announcing the Orders, the governor explained that law enforcement will focus on ensuring that residents are aware of the Orders and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement.  The governor did, however, release enforcement guidance that provides law enforcement with a list of various provisions of the Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955, the Administrative Code, and the Liquor Code that may be used to impose criminal penalties and fines on individuals and business that violate the Orders. 

What Should Businesses and Residents Do?

Individuals in the seven affected counties should limit their activities outside of the home to those expressly permitted by the Orders until at least April 6, 2020, or until further guidance is issued.  Life-Sustaining businesses with employees who live in these counties should ensure that their employees are aware of the restrictions in the Orders and remind their employees to follow social distancing practices.  They may want to encourage their employees to carry some form of proof that they work for a Life-Sustaining business—such as their building access card, business card, or pay stub—with them when commuting to and from work.

Источник: https://www.littler.com/publication-press/publication/pennsylvania-issues-stay-home-order-covering-numerous-counties

Pennsylvania's shutdown orders to stop coronavirus ruled unconstitutional by federal judge


Some of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf's restrictions limiting the size of gatherings, requiring people to stay home and keeping certain businesses closed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus were unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled on Monday.

The efforts to keep residents safe from the coronavirus were well-intentioned, U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV wrote in his decision.

"However, good intentions toward a laudable end are not alone enough to uphold governmental action against a constitutional challenge," the Trump-appointed federal judge said.

"In an emergency, even a vigilant public may let down its guard over its constitutional liberties only to find that liberties, once relinquished, are hard to recoup and that restrictions—while expedient in the face of an emergency situation—may persist long after immediate danger has passed," Stickman said.

The governor's administration will seek to appeal the ruling, spokesperson Lyndsay Kensinger said. 

"The actions taken by the administration were mirrored by governors across the country and saved, and continue to save lives in the absence of federal action," Kensinger said in a statement. "This decision is especially worrying as Pennsylvania and the rest of the country are likely to face a challenging time with the possible resurgence of COVID-19 and the flu in the fall and winter." 

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The lawsuit was brought by plaintiffs including several business owners and Republican lawmakers, and argued that limits on the number of people at gatherings, and the closure of "non-life-sustaining" businesses, violated the First Amendment right to assembly and the Fourteenth Amendment rights to due process and equal protection. 

The Democratic governor had implemented orders as pandemic concerns grew in Pennsylvania, pa stay at home order more than 7,800 people have died and confirmed cases of the coronavirus have surpassed 140,000, according to state reporting.

Wolf ended the stay-at-home and business closure orders as the state began to reopen, but maintained crowd size limits at 25 people indoors and 250 people outdoors. Indoor businesses such as salons and restaurants are also operating at reduced capacities.

Thomas W. King III, who represented the plaintiffs, told the AP that the ruling was "100% in our favor."

"What it means is they can’t do it again, and they should not have done it in the past," King said.

Kensinger said the ruling does not strike down other measures such as the mandatory mask order in place for all public spaces.

President Donald Trump tweeted his approval of the ruling on Monday, "Congratulations Pennsylvania." He also shared Pennsylvania Rep. Mike Kelly's tweet explaining why he participated in the lawsuit.

"I joined this lawsuit because emergency declarations do not supersede our right to free association, due process, and equal protection under the law," Kelly said.

Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said in a press conference on Monday that residents are encouraged to continue with their efforts to stop the spread of the virus, including avoiding large gatherings.

"It's critically important, no matter what the court case is, that people follow these very important guidelines, and are united in doing that, to stop the spread of the virus," Levine said.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Wolf expands stay-at-home order to all of Pennsylvania

Wolf expands stay-at-home order to all of Pennsylvania

Gov. Tom Wolf has extended his stay-at-home order to include all of Pennsylvania. FOX 29's Shawnette Wilson reports.

PHILADELPHIA - Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday placed all of Pennsylvania under an order to stay at home, dramatically expanding the geographic footprint of the quarantine as state officials combat the coronavirus pandemic.

In one stroke, Wolf added 34 counties to his stay-home edict, meaning that residents of all 67 of Pennsylvania's counties must now stay home as much as possible to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

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With coronavirus infections continuing to rise dramatically in the state, with nearly 1,000 new confirmed cases reported Tuesday, Wolf called a statewide quarantine "the most prudent option."

"We appreciate the shared sacrifice of all 12.8 million Pennsylvanians; we are in this together," Wolf said in a statement.

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The expanded order took effect at 8 p.m. Wednesday and will last through at least April 30.

Residents may leave their homes for a number of reasons. Exceptions include working at a business that’s still open, going to the grocery store or pharmacy, visiting a doctor, caring for a relative, or heading outside to exercise.

Police will pa stay at home order to focus on informing residents of the order rather than on enforcement, according to the governor's office.

Officials said the stay-at-home order won’t be relaxed until there is a consistent decline in the number of new cases that shows the measures are slowing the spread of the virus.

Separately, schools and nonessential businesses are closed until further notice.

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