New Order Implements Strict Measures for PA Businesses Operating During Pandemic

As the crisis over the COVID-19 pandemic continues, Pennsylvania Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine has entered an order which applies to businesses currently permitted to maintain in-person operations, enacting numerous new and strict requirements.

Of significant note, customers must wear masks while inside businesses, and those who fail to do so must be denied entry (with certain limited exceptions). Further, the order requires that businesses provide masks for employees to wear during work hours and to make the wearing of such masks mandatory while on the work site.

When practicable, work start times should be staggered to prevent large groups entering or leaving the premises at once. Break times should also be staggered.

Meetings and trainings must be conducted virtually, and, if that is not possible, any in-person meeting must be limited to the fewest number of employees possible and cannot exceed 10 employees.

Business should be conducted with the public by appointment only, and, when that is not possible, occupancy must be limited to no greater than 50% of the number stated on the applicable certificate of occupancy.

For additional specific requirements and exceptions, businesses should refer to the order here.

The order took effect April 15, 2020, and will be enforceable as of 8 p.m. on April 19, 2020.

If you have questions about this order, please contact Brandon B. Rothey at bbr@muslaw.com, or any other Meyer, Unkovic & Scott attorney with whom you have worked.

This material is for informational purposes only.  It is not and should not be solely relied on as legal advice in dealing with any specific situation.
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