Briggs urges non-essential businesses to heed guidance from state

KING OF PRUSSIA, March 16 – State Rep. Tim Briggs urged area businesses to review guidance issued by state officials and thanked those non-essential businesses that have heeded Gov. Tom Wolf’s request to temporarily close. 

“These are difficult circumstances, and I appreciate the cooperation of our business community and the guidance from Governor Wolf,” said Briggs, D-Montgomery. “These actions are not taken lightly, but our health experts say these measures can help us reduce the spread of COVID-19, flatten the curve and keep more Pennsylvanians healthy and safe.”

The Department of Community and Economic Development, in consultation with the Department of Health, issued guidance for non-essential businesses in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Governor Tom Wolf has strongly urged non-essential businesses in the four counties to close during their county-specific mitigation periods to protect employees, customers, and suppliers and limit the spread of the virus through personal contact and surfaces. 

Wolf also ordered restaurants and bars in those counties, as well as Allegheny County, to close dine-in service. 

“I’ve reached out to Governor Wolf’s office to ask about the possibility of extending these measures statewide, including in Philadelphia,” Briggs said. “I believe it will take all of us working together to slow the spread of this virus, and I am grateful for residents and businesses doing their part. I will continue to monitor the impact of this health crisis on our community.” 

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