by Alex Lloyd Gross
Since March 23, 2020, Pennsylvania State Police have issued 123 warnings across the state to businesses that were open in spite of the governor’s order to close . Locally, those numbers translate to 11 warnings. There were no citations issued.
When troopers came upon a business that was suspected of not comping, they stopped in and told the owner to close or be fined. They also gave information on how to file for an exemption if the business feels as though they are exempt. If they filed and were found to be essential, they could reopen without penalty. The time to file for an exemption has expired.
The owners of some businesses that were permitted to stay open have chosen to close.