Stay at home

A stay-at-home order has been issued for the residents of Erie County in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper and Gov. Tom Wolf announced Tuesday that Erie County will now be included in a stay-at-home order that was issued for Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties.

The order for Erie County went into effect at 12:01 a.m. today and will continue until April 6.

"You can't have a party at your house with multiple people. You can't have people, like non-family members, coming over and having a cookout, having sleepovers and stuff like that. This order means if you're not going out to get food, medical supplies or going to work where your business is open, you need to stay at home," Corry City Police Chief Rich Shopene said.

According to Erie County's stay-at-home guidance, individuals may only leave their residence for the following allowable activities and essential travel:

. Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of their family or household members (including pets), such as obtaining medicine or medical supplies, visiting a health care professional or obtaining supplies they need to work from home.

. Getting necessary services or supplies for themselves, their family or household members, or as part of volunteer efforts, or to deliver those services or supplies to others to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operation of residences.

. Business owners checking on businesses.

. Engaging in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking or running if they maintain social distancing.

. To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business.

. To care for a family member or pet in another household.

. Any travel related to the provision of or access to the above-mentioned individual activities or life-sustaining business activities.

. Travel to care for elderly, minors, dependents, persons with disabilities or other vulnerable persons.

. Travel to or from educational institutions for purposes of receiving materials for distance learning, for receiving meals and any other related services.

. Travel to return to a place of residence from an outside jurisdiction.

. Travel required by law enforcement or court order.

. Travel required for non-residents to return to their place of residence outside the commonwealth.

"They can go for a walk for exercise, they can go out to check on family members, they can go to the bank, grocery store, pharmacy, doctor's office and to work if where they work is a life-sustaining business or has received a waiver from the state," Shopene said. "When doing the above activities, they must continue to keep their social distances." 

Operations exempt from the stay-at-home order include life-sustaining business activities, health care or medical services providers, news media, law enforcement, federal government and religious institutions.

Low-income residents are still permitted to leave their homes to access life-sustaining services, such as food banks.

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