March 30th, 2020

Can I Move with the Coronavirus Stay at Home Order in Place?

As of March 28, 2020 (and subject to change), Pennsylvania Governor Wolf issued a Stay at Home Order (“Order”) for several counties across the state (see list here). The Order requires that all individuals in these counties stay at home, except for certain allowable activities and essential travel. If you planned to switch residences during this time, you may be wondering, can I move with the coronavirus stay at home order in place?

Allowable activities and essential travel

The Governor has defined and approved several reasons to leave one’s home, including:

  • Tasks essential to maintain health and safety, or the health and safety of your family or household members (including pets)
  • Outdoor activities as long as you practice social distancing
  • To perform work providing essential products and services at a life-sustaining business
  • To care for a family member or pet in another household

See a full list of allowable activities and travel here.

Is moving permitted?

This leaves many people, who were planning to move, wondering whether they are allowed to do so while the Order is in effect. Although this is not specifically enumerated in the Order, the Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) has clarified that this is allowed.

As protective measures are constantly changing in the state, please check here for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19. If you have questions regarding what activity or travel is allowable during the Stay at Home Order, you can email your questions to: ra-dcedcs@pa.gov or call (717) 787-3405.


Associate Safa Ashrafi practices in Gross McGinley’s Business Services Group. She has significant experience in real estate, representing sellers, buyers, developers, investors, and financial institutions in a broad range of transactional matters.