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All nonessential stores to be shut down across Pennsylvania
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Posted By: quincy2, 3/16/2020 2:53:03 PM

Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has ordered the closing of all nonessential stores in the state effective at midnight due to the coronavirus pandemic...Restaurants and bars, except for take-out service, were also ordered to close for the next two weeks. Wolf made the announcement at a Monday afternoon news conference. The closures will be in effect for two weeks. Restaurants and bars, except for take-out service, were also ordered to close for the next two weeks. Facilities that can remain open include: Grocery stores Hospitals Medical facilities


Is this government overreach? Nor sure...but it is a concern to me.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: jj1319 3/16/2020 2:59:55 PM (No. 348177)
A better idea would be to ramp up to this level. Start by closing all massage parlors and gentlemen clubs (where real "contact" may take place). Evaluate the results after a year to determine if additional efforts are necessary.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: Donna M 3/16/2020 3:00:47 PM (No. 348180)
Massive overreach from a Dem governor who is manipulating this to benefit his party.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: JL80863 3/16/2020 3:10:40 PM (No. 348184)
Define "nonessential".
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Reply 4 - Posted by: texaspast 3/16/2020 3:13:22 PM (No. 348186)
If the store owner donated to dem candidates, his/her store is essential. And liquor stores are essential, I'm sure.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: LadyHen 3/16/2020 3:15:54 PM (No. 348189)
Has public transport been shut down? Buses, trains, subways. Can you imagine being in a crowded subway car now, shoulder to shoulder? So glad I have a car with gas in it... until they decide to ration use of that "for the public good" of course.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: seamusm 3/16/2020 3:17:57 PM (No. 348190)
Dear Lord! Not the state liquor stores, too!
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Reply 7 - Posted by: kdog 3/16/2020 3:20:26 PM (No. 348191)
Its like people in authority are TRYING to CRIPPLE the economy. 5,500 deaths since December in a world wide population of almost 8,000,000,000 is statistically ZERO!!!
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Reply 8 - Posted by: LadyHen 3/16/2020 3:28:56 PM (No. 348202)
Right #3. What is nonessential? For instance, if my one and only toilet breaks and I need to repair/ replace it and Home Depot and Lowes are deemed "nonessential", what do I do? Seems pretty essential to me. What a unilaterally and arbitrarily decreed nightmare. Some politicians should be tarred and feathered over this crap!
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Reply 9 - Posted by: stablemoney 3/16/2020 3:31:31 PM (No. 348205)
The politicians are causing a panic, and should be hung for it. They should have done nothing. Who gave the politician's this much power? They should be fired.
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Reply 10 - Posted by: NorthernDog 3/16/2020 3:32:21 PM (No. 348207)
This is crazy! Is there any evidence that the virus has spread while people were shopping?
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Cardsfan 3/16/2020 3:40:40 PM (No. 348213)
Seems like this just drives more people to grocery stores more often If this weren’t an election year would we be falling all over ourselves like this?
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Reply 12 - Posted by: marbles 3/16/2020 3:48:12 PM (No. 348218)
Around here , Jersey shore town, pop. 28, 000 ,the schools and public libraries shut down. I was in a dept type and about 10 others. I asked if I could get a discount for coming out and shopping or at least a thank you from the company. Parking lots are empty, BUT the liquor store is crowded. This " were all gonna die" meme is the MSM /left wing doing what they can to destroy Trump. No one cared or gave a damn during any previous typical flu season when hundreds of thousands get the flu and many die.I really dont believe in coincidences and especially not political coincidences. This has snowballed very fast from not much of anything in the press to wall to wall coverage of what I dont know and everyone and anyone on the MSM and Fox giving an opinion ( a guess , a hope, wishful thinking) about how bad, very bad, very, very, very bad this is. No reporting on how many people get it and recover or many get mild cases and its no big deal..........thats not the news thats wanted. Yes, I'm angry because it shows how easily people can be incited and manipulated. It's like a bad episode of The Twilight Zone.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: sanspeur 3/16/2020 3:57:00 PM (No. 348228)
yes liquor stores .. a real fresh hell !!!!
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Reply 14 - Posted by: zoidberg 3/16/2020 3:57:49 PM (No. 348230)
Liquor stores are more essential now than ever.
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Reply 15 - Posted by: snakeoil 3/16/2020 3:59:49 PM (No. 348235)
Appears there's going to be a lot of nudity in PA. When I was young it was Thank Gawd for Sears and Roebuck. Now it's Thank Gawd for Amazon.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: Mr. Know-It-All 3/16/2020 4:12:11 PM (No. 348246)
Insane. On what authority? Getting close to open rebellion time. We went to war with Great Britain over fewer curtailments to our liberty than this.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: DCGIRL 3/16/2020 4:15:17 PM (No. 348247)
Gov Wolf is a Democrat. He needs to keep the panic going. OVERKILL
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Reply 18 - Posted by: JHHolliday 3/16/2020 4:23:43 PM (No. 348254)
Fools like Wolfe are going to wipe out a bunch of small businesses (some large ones too). A real recession is what the Dems want.....all to try to harm Donald Trump's reelection. They would happily destroy people's livelihoods to seize power.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: john56 3/16/2020 4:27:32 PM (No. 348257)
Aren't the liquor stores in Pennsylvania run by the state (ie, tax collectors)? Therefore, they are essential. Plus all the places that sell lottery tickets (tax revenue) ... That means maybe one lingere store in Allentown is the only store affected by closure.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: MainelySane 3/16/2020 4:34:01 PM (No. 348262)
Are banks required to not collect business mortgages? Are lease-purchase agreements for equipment purchases suspended? Who pays the unemployment insurance when employees start collecting?
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Reply 21 - Posted by: DVC 3/16/2020 4:34:20 PM (No. 348263)
Now I understand why the soup aisle was decimated......millenials can't cook anything, in many cases, so heating soup up becomes their 'survival skill' when the restaurants close. My wife said that the Spaghetti-Os and Tomato soup were gone first......what they learned when they were 7 years old, their repertoire of "cooking". LOL! I have a niece who is a great cook, so they certainly aren't all that way. She is a good learner too, I have taught her a few of my specialties. She learned a lot from her mom, of course.
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Reply 22 - Posted by: jimincalif 3/16/2020 4:35:12 PM (No. 348264)
Hardware stores? Bike shops? Convenience stores? Where does it end. Another overreaction contributing to the mass hysteria. Even scarier, very few are questioning the government's authority to do this!
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Reply 23 - Posted by: JediJerry 3/16/2020 5:00:10 PM (No. 348285)
Bet me liquor stores remain open. How about just ignoring his "orders". I have an order for you. Shut up and get out.
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Reply 24 - Posted by: Sanddollar 3/16/2020 5:02:59 PM (No. 348286)
I live in Pennsylvania and I am having outpatient surgery tomorrow at a surgery center. I was planning to go out to eat in our county as restaurants were not closed except in the county around the city. Now all restaurants are closed so I will get takeout. I feel for those that will lose their paycheck for weeks or months as I expect this to last longer. I am glad I went to the store today and stocked up so I am prepared.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: offrope 3/16/2020 5:07:13 PM (No. 348289)
The latest number I've heard is that there are only 71 cases in the whole Commonwealth. This is an absurd overreaction designed to incite panic.
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Reply 26 - Posted by: kono 3/16/2020 5:07:56 PM (No. 348291)
Spam Fransicko pols gave a similar order to this. Trying to get ahead of the St. Patrick's Day festivities. How long before we go Mad Max?
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Reply 27 - Posted by: freightdog 3/16/2020 5:21:11 PM (No. 348301)
If the gas stations are closed, will vehicular traffic end?... does Bezos have enough gasoline to keep the Amazon Prime trucks on the road?
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Reply 28 - Posted by: franq 3/16/2020 5:25:03 PM (No. 348305)
We haven't seen the worst of it yet.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: red1066 3/16/2020 5:26:03 PM (No. 348306)
This crap is exactly why the stock market is tanking. Closing everything up isn't the answer. Americans will not react well after a while to everything being closed. Each day the time period to return to normal gets longer and longer. First it was two weeks, now it's two months. Until somebody comes out and really explains what the REAL effects of coronavirus is on the average person, I'm not buying any of the BS from the CDC.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Historybuff 3/16/2020 5:35:54 PM (No. 348314)
sic semper tyrannis the right of the people peaceably to assemble - gone
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Reply 31 - Posted by: dbdiva 3/16/2020 5:38:13 PM (No. 348316)
This goofball is my Governor and he hates the President. I'm sure he is rubbing his hands with glee right about now. This edict will cause even more panic but I assume that's his goal. I hope all this backfires hugely on the dems. However....,, this would be the perfect time to unseal some indictments and start making arrests while everyone is isolated and the media is focused on nothing but the Wuhan virus.
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Reply 32 - Posted by: skacmar 3/16/2020 5:42:17 PM (No. 348318)
If this were not an election year, COVID-19 would have been treated like the flu and mentioned in a few news cycles and a few warnings given (like the flu every year) then forgotten. This virus has been weaponized as a political weapon and is being used to instill fear everywhere. From the sounds of it, people are dropping dead in the streets by the millions everywhere and turning into flesh eating zombies. I understand that we do not want to spread the virus, but stopping the world seems to be a bit of overkill.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: Pete Stone 3/16/2020 5:51:34 PM (No. 348333)
FTA: Essential facilities are grocery stores and medical facilities. What? Not prescription pharmacies? Gas stations? Hardware stores?
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Reply 34 - Posted by: BarryNo 3/16/2020 5:59:10 PM (No. 348338)
And what the hell is a 'non-essential' store? This brain dead louse is just following Dem Command's orders, I know. I suggest everyone affected by this order go congregate on the Governor's front lawn.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: BarryNo 3/16/2020 6:08:12 PM (No. 348349)
Hey! A family member just made a great observation. News station are mostly non- essential. Reduce them to minimum staff. See how long this stays 'an emergency'.
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Reply 36 - Posted by: Mushroom 3/16/2020 6:15:04 PM (No. 348355)
An observation: Only a government worker is comfortable being classified as 'Non-essential'. Those of us in the real world knew exactly what that designation meant next time there was a down turn in business.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: Scrubber 3/16/2020 7:20:49 PM (No. 348394)
Better not close Wawa.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: cor-vet 3/16/2020 8:05:07 PM (No. 348427)
Welcome to a Biden/ Bernie government. This should show everyone what life would be like in a democrat run world. We are now Venezuela lite. But the dems and the media are working overtime to make it happen.
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Reply 39 - Posted by: Jethro bo 3/16/2020 8:54:32 PM (No. 348453)
So typical of liberals. Create a crisis, moke dictatorial edicts that craters the tax base, then demand tax increases after the crisis naturally declines, bcause goobernment destroyed commerce and lose 'revenue' and now need massive new taxes to control our lifes.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: SALady 3/16/2020 9:20:46 PM (No. 348472)
All businesses with massive failure rates and minimum wage employees who can't afford to miss a single paycheck. The Demon-Rats won't be happy until they can see all the peasants starving in the streets. Just more peasants to entrap on the welfare plantation!!! Way to go, Comrade Wolf!!!
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Reply 41 - Posted by: padiva 3/16/2020 10:07:50 PM (No. 348494)
Well...I'm out of work for 10 days....maybe more. I did volunteer to go in to do support work. Thousands of items need to be ticketed for a new clearance price. Whee! I'll manage financially but others might not.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: Lawsy0 3/16/2020 10:39:36 PM (No. 348510)
Finally, with the virus, we have adequate reason to cede all of our freedoms.
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Reply 43 - Posted by: justavoter 3/17/2020 8:30:22 PM (No. 349393)
We have crossed the line from public health safety to all out fascism. The State has taken over private commerce by ordering who can and can’t do business. Because the government has failed miserably with the CDC focusing on gun control and obesity, now we are paying the price of their incompetence by not approving the testing and anti-virus medication we need.
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