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Schools, Many Businesses Not Reopening Anytime Soon, Governor Says

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Schools and many businesses in Pennsylvania will not be opening their doors anytime soon.

On Monday afternoon, Gov. Tom Wolf’s office said “all Pennsylvania schools will remain closed until further notice.”

During a press conference, the governor said businesses ordered closed as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts will remain shuttered until the measures are revoked.

Previously, Wolf had said his office would evaluate opening schools and businesses in early and mid April.

On Monday, the governor extended the end of the stay-at-home order from April 6 until April 30. 

School were closed in Bucks County and then the entire state in mid-March as the COVID-19 outbreak spread.

The announcement came as Wolf said his stay-at-home order that has been in place in Bucks County since March 23 expands to more counties in the central portion of the state.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education is expected to provide guidance to school districts in the coming days.

While some states have cancelled public school through the summer, Wolf has not yet taken that step.

On Sunday, President Donald Trump extended federal social-distancing guidelines to April 30.

Wolf has urged residents to practice social distancing to avoid the spread of COVID-19, which has infected more than 4,000 people and killed close to 50 people in the state and three in Bucks County as of Monday afternoon.

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Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield

Tom Sofield has covered news in Bucks County for five years for both newspaper and online publications. In 2012, Tom was honored at the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association Foundation's Keystone Press Awards for his coverage of President Obama's visit to Falls Township in 2011. When he's not covering news in the area, Tom enjoys checking out the newest restaurants and bars, exploring forgotten places of industry in the area, going to local parks and spending time with his friends and family. If there's one thing you should know about Tom, he is a local news junkie through and through. Email: Phone: 215-431-1001