16 MAR 2020
Under the guidance of the Department of Health (DOH), using his authority under the state’s COVID-19 disaster declaration order, Governor Wolf today ordered all non-essential business, restaurants, clubs and bars to close their dine-in facilities in for 14 days to help stop the spread of the virus. Eating and drinking inside restaurants and bars is temporarily prohibited. The state will continue to monitor COVID-19 and at the end of 14 days will reevaluate and decide whether continued mitigation is needed. Governor Wolf has ordered all to cease operations until April 1st when the current situation will be reevaluated.
I have ordered that our headquarters offices be closed for at least the next 2 weeks. As well as having our State Service Officers to cut all nonessential activities. The Service Officers will be available for questions via phone or email. This has already occurred at our National office in Lanham, MD and with our National Service Officers.
I have to echo the order the governor that all bars and clubs are to be closed for the next 14 days. Take out food sales may continue if your licensing allows that.
Please think of our membership and their families in these most dangerous times. Any risk to their health is to much of a risk to take.
Yours in service,
Paul M. Shipley