Joshua Baker, Attorney at Law

Joshua D. Baker


Posted on March 22, 2020

Toward the end of Friday, March 20, Governor Wolf slightly revised the list of businesses which qualify as life-sustaining and may keep physical operations open.

The full list is available here:

Compliance and enforcement of the Shutdown Order will also begin at 8:00 a.m. on Monday, March 23, 2020.

In addition to the initial list of life-sustaining businesses, the revised list now includes the following industries as life-sustaining and able to keep physical operations open at this time:

  • Timber, logging, and forestry
  • Coal, metal ore, and nonmetallic mineral mining and quarrying
  • Specialty food stores
  • Printing and related support activities
  • Drycleaning and laundry services
  • Accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, and payroll services
  • Insurance carriers, agents, and brokers (except in-person sales are prohibited)
  • Construction activities if they involve emergency repairs or construction on health care facilities

The Governor has also indicated that “special exemptions will be granted to businesses that are supplying or servicing health care providers.”

The revised list also removed the following industries as not life-sustaining:

  • Civic and social organizations
  • Beer, wine, and liquor (except beer distributors are allowed to remain open)

Please do not hesitate to reach out to your Metz Lewis contact or Josh Baker ( or 412-918-1149) if you have any questions or wish to discuss.

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