Late on Thursday, March 19, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered all non-essential businesses to close by 8 a.m. today and the impact was immediately felt by area businesses.
The way retailers and customers interact is changing daily but businesses are doing what they can to stay open during the coronavirus pandemic.
Longtime area car dealers have been heavily impacted as they are not allowed to sell vehicles under any circumstances.
David Knapp, owner of David Corry Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, has had to operate providing only service, parts and tires.
"We have made some layoffs just like every business affected by this, and my priority is getting them back to work as soon as possible,” Knapp said.
Knapp said the dealership is prioritizing first responders, medical workers and veterans when it comes to getting cars fixed.
“It’s important we think of these people, and we want to make sure they are taking care of,” he said.
The service department is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Crotty Chevrolet Buick is operating its service department as long as the appointment book keeps filling up, but they are running with a skeleton crew.
Owner John “Chop” Crotty says they’re taking things day by day and for now, keeping service hours normal. He added they are cleaning the service area and taking precautions so customers can feel safe.
Local furniture store Meerhoff's has been a Corry fixture for 58 years, and owner Scott Meerhoff said his store is closed until the governor says they can go back.
“We have filed an exemption to see if we can sell appliances over the phone if somebody has a refrigerator or freezer quit, and the state has not gotten back to us,” Meerhoff said. “Please call our phone number and we will try to help you if you have an appliance fail, and hopefully, the state will get back to us and we can help you out.”
Dynasty Construction owner Josh Dyne is operating on an emergency basis only and said he has had to cut back half his staff during the mandatory shutdown. He said any job the company has started has to be put on hold until the state lifts the mandates.
"It is tough on my customers and obviously my staff,” Dyne said. “We continue to be able to help with construction emergencies such as roof repair. We just had a customer have a tree fall on their roof."
Dyne said they can also fix faulty bathrooms and anything that is a necessity to survive.
"We will continue to operate and call in workers as needed and go job by job. That is tough on my crew but they are committed to helping when they can,” he added.
Customers are asked to call 814-882-5145 for emergencies.
At Rossbacher Insurance Agency, it’s almost business as usual in that the industry itself has not been mandated to shut down, but in-person sales are not permitted.
"Except for our physical location being closed to the public, customers can call our regular number and ask for their agent and they will be directed to our staff who are all working from home,” said owner and Principal Agent Brad Allen.
He said they can process claims and do everything they can do at the shop remotely from home.
Customers are asked to mail payments or, if they can, pay online and the agency will make sure it gets taken care of.