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What is it? Stay-at-home order inches closer to Warren County

There’s been much said about Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order.

As the order creeps closer to Warren County — Forest, Crawford and Erie are now under its provisions — what does it actually mean?

A statement from the governor’s office outlines permissible travel and that is included here verbatim:

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, for 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;

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;

Anyone performing life-sustaining travel does not need paperwork to prove the reason for travel.

Wolf’s order also specifically exempted several categories: Life-sustaining business and service activity, health care or medical service providers, news media, law enforcement, federal government activity, religious institutions and certain child care services for employees of life-sustaining businesses that are to remain open.

“At this time, law enforcement will be focused on ensuring that residents are aware of the order and informing the public of social distancing practices rather than enforcement,” according to the Governor’s office. “To report a noncompliant business, contact your local law enforcement agency’s non-emergency number or the nearest Pennsylvania State Police station.”

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