HARRISBURG – The PA Department of Community and Economic Development announced that the exemption application process for businesses created in response to Gov. Wolf’s order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 will close tomorrow at 5 p.m. Per the order, businesses that are non-life sustaining were ordered to close their physical locations on March 19. Businesses that determine from DCED’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. At the end of the day March 31, DCED received 32,474 requests for exemptions from Pennsylvania’s businesses and DCED staff are working to process them as quickly as possible. A team of professionals at DCED will review each request and respond based on the guiding principle of balancing public safety while ensuring the continued delivery of critical infrastructure services and functions. Those requesting an exemption will be notified via email if their operations may re-open. Businesses applying for an exemption must remain closed until a decision is made about their application.