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Can Local Government Close Down a Life Sustaining Business?

The Law & You
April 1, 2020

The Law and You

Can Local Government Close Down a Life Sustaining Business?

Can a local government close down a business that has been determined to be life-sustaining under the Governor’s orders?

Haley Bianco: It’s time once again for the Law and You. Join us from home today we have attorneys Ed Ciarimboli and Greg Fellerman. Nice to see both of you. How’s it been?

Ed Ciarimboli: Good. I’ve got my Fellerman & Ciarimboli quarantine jacket on and quarantine hat, I’m ready to go.

Haley: It’s a step up from the PJs.

Greg Fellerman: Haley, before we get started, I just wanted to wish my daughter who is over my shoulder here a happy 21st birthday. I hope she has a great day.

Haley: She better have some quarantine-ies.

Ed: I like that!

Haley: Now, let’s get to the question of the day. Matt from Bloomsburg asks, can local government close down a business that has been determined to be life-sustaining under the governor’s order?

Ed: It really does depend. First of all, if the business has been determined to be life-sustaining, however, they’re still having an amount of people that doesn’t meet the CDC guidelines then yes, the governor can close them down. You can have a life-sustaining business that stays open but they must be strict compliance with the CDC guidelines. If you’re a life-sustaining business, you should be following those guidelines anyway.

Greg: I agreed with Ed on that. At the end of the day, if you are operating a business under the governor’s order, then you have an obligation to do it under the law and be following those guidelines. Some of those businesses don’t expect the crowd but when the crowd shows up you have to control that crowd. It’s on you and if not, the local state can close you down. If you’re in a position where you’re dealing with people, please do it safely.

Haley: Alright guys, thanks so much for the advice. Give them a call, find them online if you have more questions for the Law and You go to PAHomePage.com or give the hotline a call.

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