Steel has been declared a 'life essential' business in the state of Pennsylvania, USA, where almost all business are to shutdown this coming weekend. The situation will be enforced by state troopers, local officials, the state Health and Agriculture departments and the Liquor Control Board, according to one online report.

The two-term Democrat governor had previously said he would not use police for enforcement. The move, which was taken the slow the spread of COVID-19, has been roundly condemned by Republicans.

Coal mining, metal ore mining and non-metallic mineral mining and quarrying have to cease physical operations along with many other manufacturing sectors including pulp, paper and paperboard mills, paint, coating and adhesive manufacturing, glass and glass product manufacturing.

Those businesses that fail to comply with Wolf's decree might face criminal prosecution including fines and imprisonment as well as fines and license suspensions.

Pennsylvania had 52 cases of the virus at the time this story went to press.

Source: US News & World Report