HARRISBURG, Pa. (KDKA/AP) — The enforcement of Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to close “non-life-sustaining businesses” is now delayed.
The administration said on Friday due to the high volume of waiver requests, enforcement timing will change and become effective on March 23 at 8:00 a.m.READ MORE: 'We've Missed Our Guests So Much:' Theaters Reopening In The Cultural District Brings Sense Of Normalcy
Enforcement was set to begin at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday.
On Thursday, Wolf all “non-life-sustaining businesses” to close amid the coronavirus pandemic.READ MORE: The Search For Kodiak, The National Aviary's Steller's Sea Eagle, Continued On Sunday
Businesses that fail to comply risk citations, fines or license suspensions, and “forfeit their ability to receive any applicable disaster relief and/or may be subject to other appropriate administrative action,” Wolf’s office said in a statement.
Wolf cited his authority under the state’s disaster declaration law in ordering more than 150 types of businesses to close their physical locations.
Wolf said his order would be enforced by state troopers, local officials, the state Health and Agriculture departments and the Liquor Control Board. The two-term governor had previously said he would not use police for enforcement.
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