A list of what is considered a "life-sustaining business" continues to be updated on Pennsylvania's website, and businesses may submit a waiver requesting to re-open operations.
Businesses who would like clarification on whether they're defined as life-sustaining can check a list posted online at www.pa.gov.
To access the list, click on "Guide: Responding to COVID-19," scroll down to the section titled "Businesses" and click on a link to a list of life-sustaining businesses, which was last updated on Saturday evening as of press time today.
Businesses may also contact customer service resource account at the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 1-877-724-3258 and selecting option 1.
Any business that is not considered life-sustaining but would like to fill out a waiver request to re-open can do so online at www.dced.pa.gov/resources.
Businesses that apply for a waiver must remain closed until a decision is reached. If the waiver is granted, then it needs to be posted in the business' window.
“If businesses feel they should be open and they are on the governor’s list of nonessential businesses, then they should apply for a waiver to stay open,” Acting Environmental Branch Director Karen Tobin said in a press release. “Once the waiver is obtained, it should be posted in the window of your business so customers and enforcement can clearly see it.”
After a business submits a waiver form, DCED professionals will review the request and notify the business via email if it may resume its operations.
Some examples of life-sustaining businesses, defined by the Wolf Administration, include: Crop and animal production; forestry and logging; oil and gas extraction; food and beverage manufacturing; sawmills and wood preservation; plastics product manufacturing; rubber product manufacturing; engine, turbine and power transmission equipment manufacturing; automotive parts, accessories and tire stores; building material and supplies dealer; grocery stores; beer distributors; gas stations; air transportation; freight trucking; and taxi service.
Also postal service; water, sewage and other utility systems; newspaper, periodical, book and directory publishers; wireless telecommunications carriers; cable and other program distribution; insurance carriers and agencies (in-person sales/brokerage are prohibited); accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping and payroll services; waste collection, treatment and disposal; death care services; and physicians, dentists, other health practitioners, outpatient care centers and home health care services (elective procedures prohibited).
Examples of non-life-sustaining businesses include: Construction (except for emergency repairs); industrial machine manufacturing; motor vehicle and parts manufacturing; aerospace product and parts (except defense industrial base manufacturing under CISA advisory is permitted); office furniture manufacturing; furniture and home furnishing merchant wholesalers; automobile dealers; furniture stores; lawn and garden equipment and supplies stores; liquor stores; clothing stores; and florists.