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Gov. asks Bucks and Montgomery County non-essential businesses to close

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Bucks and Montgomery counties are among the counties that Gov. Tom Wolf has “strongly advised” non-essential businesses, including restaurants and hair salons, to close down to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Chester, Allegheny and Delaware counties are also included.

Other businesses considered non-essential and asked to close include, gyms, bars, shopping centers, theaters, casinos and sports venues.

Closures could, of course, place a financial strain on businesses. In response, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development will offer working capital loans that could be of assistance to businesses impacted by COVID-19; resources and information will be posted to http://dced.pa.gov/resources as they become available.

Besides non-essential business in those counties being asked to close.

Liquor stores, which are run by the state in Pennsylvania, will be closing down in those counties, with a roll-out schedule beginning on Tuesday. Wine and beer will still be available at grocery stores with PALCB licenses. Wine and spirts will still be offered for sale on the PALCB website.

Writer Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at swescoe@bridgetowermedia.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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