PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Pittsburgh Police announced that they will be enforcing Governor Wolf’s order to close non-life-essential businesses.
The order takes effect at 8 a.m. on Monday. A spokesperson for Public Safety said that Pittsburgh Police will respond to 911 calls and complaints about businesses being open and will report businesses who do not comply.
“We are confident that this will not be an issue,” the spokesperson said. “The Pittsburgh business community wants to do what’s right for the greater safety of the community and we believe they will follow the guidelines and mandates. We understand that this is a difficult time for business owners, and we do not want anyone to be cited for non-compliance.”
Governor Tom Wolf strongly urged all businesses that are not life-sustaining to close starting tomorrow and said it will be enforced.
“Tonight, we’re focused on ensuring full compliance with my order to close the physical locations of non-life-sustaining businesses,” he said. “For those businesses that have not. We’ll begin enforcement tomorrow at 8:00 a.m.”
The Pittsburgh Police aren’t the only force that are planning to help enforce this order.
The Pennsylvania State Police will be joining them.
“State police are going to patrol as they normally would,” said Trooper Melinda Bondarenka. “If they get information that a business within their primary jurisdiction is not in compliance, they will certainly take the action necessary. We’ll obviously tell them hey you’re not in compliance, you need to be shut down and they could be issued citations.”
Pennsylvania now has nearly 500 confirmed cases of coronavirus and two deaths.
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