State police have issued 27 warnings against businesses considered “non-life-sustaining” who failed to comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s order directing them to close operations at their physical locations beginning March 23.
No citations have been ordered against non-compliant businesses as of Tuesday afternoon, which would have resulted in fines ranging from $10 to $50, according to a memo issued to all local law enforcement agencies in the commonwealth.
Of the 27 warnings, four were reported by Troop H — which covers Dauphin, Perry, Adams, Franklin and Cumberland counties — and one was reported by Troop J, which covers York, Lancaster and Chester counties. State troopers are not releasing any further identifying information about where the businesses are located.
“As expected, we found the overwhelming majority of people and businesses across the commonwealth are voluntarily complying with the order and doing their part to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police. “This process is two-phased beginning with warnings to gain voluntary compliance, followed by enforcement as necessary.”
Pennsylvania state officials are urging anyone with knowledge about a non-life-sustaining business operating at its physical location to report it to their local governing authority.
A complete list of which industries are considered life-sustaining can be found on the governor’s website, which has been recently updated to include hotels and landscaping companies. State officials also said businesses that are designated as non-life-sustaining can submit a request for a waiver that will allow them to remain open.