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Pennsylvania governor issues stay-at-home order for six counties

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf issued stay-at-home order for six counties on Monday in response to COVID-19.

The order began Monday at 8 PM and will continue until April 6, 2020. The six counties affected are Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

“To protect the public from the spread of … COVID-19[], it is necessary that all individuals residing in [these] counties stay at home or in their place of residence, except as needed,” the Secretary of the Pennsylvania Health Department stated.

The Governor’s Office issued guidance on the stay-at-home order, which explains that allowable activities include tasks “essential to maintain health and safety.” Travel will be allowed if it is to return home, care for family or friends, or any travel relating to “life-sustaining business activities,” which the order specifies here.

“I remain deeply concerned about this public health crisis and we must continue to take careful but critical steps now to mitigate the spread of COVID-19,” Wolf said. “We are issuing these orders because Pennsylvanians’ health and safety remains our highest priority.”

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