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State Police To Help Enforcement
3/23/2020
 
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Pennsylvania State Police announced Sunday that they will be assisting in Monday's enforcement that all non-essential businesses must close, according to a release Colonel Robert Evanchick, commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, stated the following "The priority of the Pennsylvania State Police is protecting lives and maintaining order in the commonwealth. In light of the ongoing COVID-19 epidemic, troopers and liquor control enforcement officers are prepared to ensure compliance with Governor Wolf�s order." �Private businesses, organizations, and other non-compliant entities face possible criminal penalties under the Administrative Code of 1929, 71 P.S. 1409 and/or the Pennsylvania Disease Prevention and Control Law of 1955, 35 P.S. 521.20(a). Both violations are summary offenses punishable by fines and even jail time. Violators may also be subject to additional administrative penalties under certain circumstances." "We believe most Pennsylvanians want to act responsibly and do their part to help slow the spread of this deadly virus. Troopers and liquor control officers will make every effort to achieve voluntary compliance by educating business owners and using discretion when appropriate. But our message is clear: COVID-19 is a serious health and public safety risk that requires an extraordinary response from law enforcement and the public. I urge everyone to stay home, stay calm, and stay safe." In a conference call earlier Sunday, state Sec. of Community and Economic Development Dennis Davin also clarified the statement that businesses that DO NOT comply will face criminal penalties., including bars and restaurants that fail to close their dine-in areas. Sec. Davin also stated that the state has received nearly 10,000 business waiver requests and plans to have them all viewed and accepted, as fairly as possible, by Monday's 8 a.m. enforcement deadline. The state department is still accepting waiver requests at this time and businesses can complete the waiver request form at the pa.gov website. Once the request is filled out, it will be submitted to RA-dcexemption@pa.gov.
  
 
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