Philadelphia orders closing of ‘non-essential businesses’


The City of Philadelphia has ordered the closing of “non-essential” businesses and has taken other steps in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus)

As of 5 p.m. on Monday and through Friday, March 27, non-essential businesses and certain office-based businesses should close or shift operations to comply with the order.

The decision comes as Delaware Gov. John Carney mulls similar moves.

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf had earlier made similar moves for the suburban counties of Montgomery, Delaware and Chester.

A City of Philadelphia release listed the following as essential businesses.

  • Supermarkets, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and mini markets.
  • Restaurants and food vendors providing food through online, delivery, pickup or walk-in.
  • Pharmacies.
  • Hardware stores and stores supplying construction materials.
  • Gas stations, auto repair shops, and bicycle stores.
  • Banks.
  • Post Offices.
  • Stores selling general merchandise and household consumer products.
  • Laundromats and dry cleaners.
  • Veterinary clinics and pet stores.
  • Hotels.
  • Home/Commercial building repairs.

Dine-in service will not be allowed and state-owned liquor stores were closed earlier.

Businesses that cannot operate:

  • Movie theaters.
  • Clothing stores.
  • Fitness clubs.
  • Art and music venues.
  • Night clubs.
  • Bars.
  • Amusement facilities.
  • Event halls.

Essential infrastructure and industrial businesses can remain open. Examples include.

  • Construction services.
  • Utilities.
  • Transportation services.
  • Delivery services.
  • Waste collection.
  • Manufacturing.
  • Security services.
  • News media.
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