What can I do under Philly's stay at home order?

Published: 06 April, 2020 | Last updated: 21 May, 2020 9:00 pm | Español

From Billy Penn
By Billy Penn Staff

As of Monday March 23rd at 8 a.m, Philly has issued a “stay at home” order. This doesn’t change much regarding business operations. The city has already restricted businesses except for those deemed “essential,” and the state of PA has restricted businesses except for those deemed “life-saving.”

This order bans all outdoor gatherings unless they’re on the list of activities deemed essential or life-saving. The only exception is being able to go on a walk in the park.

Here’s what you CAN do:

  • Shop for groceries and supplies
  • Pick up pre-ordered restaurant food
  • Get medicine for yourself or family/loved ones
  • Care for family/friends/loved ones/pets, or drop off food, medicine or supplies
  • Seek medical attention or emergency law enforcement
  • Report to your job if it’s deemed essential
  • Exercise

For businesses:

  • Restaurants are now operating only through take-out services.
  • All food trucks and ice cream trucks must cease operation entirely
  • Supermarkets must “discourage leisure or idle conduct” among customers — i.e. no chatting with your neighbor about how quarantining is going after you’ve paid for your groceries.
  • Stores are also supposed to “manage” store occupancy to allow for proper social distancing; for example, only allowing a certain number of people inside at any given time and/or marking on the floor how far apart people should stand when waiting in line to check out.
  • Any other essential businesses must limit on-site personnel to those people who are needed to maintain critical functions that can’t be done remotely. For example, security, payroll or mail-handling staff in office buildings.

Read the full article: What can and can’t you do under Philly’s ‘stay at home’ order?

By Nicholas Pugliese

As the number of coronavirus cases continues to rise in Pennsylvania, Gov. Tom Wolf on Wednesday extended his stay-at-home order to all 12.8 million people in the state.

Under the order, employees such as those in health care and supermarket employees are deemed essential and allowed to go to work. Individuals can still go to grocery stores, go out if travel is required by a court order, or exercise.

But Pennsylvania Health Secretary Rachel Levine asked the public to take staying home seriously and not make "daily outings" to grocery or convenience stores. She asked people to go out only when they needed to.

Read the full article: Wolf extends stay-at-home orders across Pa.; Worker at Limerick nuclear power plant tests positive

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