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Business exemption period ends today

The exemption application process for businesses created in response to Gov. Tom Wolf and Dr. Rachel Levine’s orders to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will close at 5 p.m. Friday, officials with the state Department of Community and Economic Development said.

“Businesses who think they may be applicable need to look at our Life-Sustaining Business frequently asked questions and file before the end of the day Friday,” said Dennis Davin, department secretary.

“We appreciate the cooperation of businesses making sure they are operating appropriately during this time. As the business exemption period ends this week, our staff continues to work tirelessly to organize and assess the data associated with submissions.”

Businesses that are non-life sustaining were ordered to close their physical locations on March 19. Businesses that determine from department’s business guidance that they are non-life sustaining but may provide a life-sustaining service have been able to seek an exemption, which is available online, Davin said.

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