Pennsylvania Gov. amends shutdown order; mining allowed to proceed
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf issued an order that all “non life-sustaining” businesses in the state on March 19 that included coal mining companies such as Consol Energy Inc. and Contura Energy Inc. On March 20, the Governor updated the list of life-sustaining industries to include mining.
Bloomberg reported that the initial order took effect Thursday night (March 19), but the order to close was amended. Businesses that were allowed to remain operating are all sectors of the natural resources industry, including coal mining and logging; dry cleaning and laundromats; Hotels; Specialty food stores; Insurance carriers, agencies, and brokerages and Accounting and tax preparation services.
Pennsylvania is one of the latest state to order commercial activities to shut down as governments move to slow the spread of the coronavirus. California has taken more extreme measures, telling all residents Thursday to stay home, and New York followed suit on Friday.