Governor Wolf’s “Stay at Home” Order: What Does It Mean for Chester County Residents?

Local West Chester resident taking a stroll through downtown. Photo courtesy of Chester County Conference and Visitor’s Bureau and West Chester Business Improvement District.

For those who don’t know, on Monday, March 23, 2020, Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf announced a “Stay at Home” order to take effect now through Monday, April 6, 2020. What does this mean for Chester County residents?

Information below provided by West Chester mayor Dianne Herrin’s office:


  • Perform tasks essential to maintain your own health and safety and that of family/household members and pets, such as obtaining medicine/medical supplies, gathering work-from-home supplies, and visiting a health care professional (please note it is recommended to postpone all nonessential doctors’ visits).
  • Get necessary services or supplies for yourself or others and deliver them, such as food and household/cleaning products. This includes volunteer efforts to distribute meals and life-sustaining services to those in need.
  • Engage in outdoor activity, such as walking, hiking, or running, as long as you maintain social distancing of six feet.
  • Go to work to provide essential products and services for a life-sustaining business.
  • Travel
    • To perform any of the above tasks.
    • To care for elderly, minors, depends, persons with disabilities, or other vulnerable people.
    • To or from education institutions to receive materials for distance learning, meals, and related services.
    • To return to your primary residence (for example, college students).
    • As required by law enforcement or court order.


  • Homeless individuals are not subject to this policy.
  • International students, foster youth, and any other students who would otherwise experience displacement or homelessness as a result of campus closures may remain in campus housing.
  • Restaurants can still provide curbside take-out and delivery of food. Customers are not permitted inside restaurants, and establishments must adhere to the Borough’s current restaurant take-out food procedures.
  • For more information on the Governor’s order and policies, click here.