CLARKS SUMMIT, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Closed signs and letters hang inside small-business windows.
Routes 6 and 11 run through the heart of Clarks Summit and are typically considered a busy part of town.
“There are usually cars at the meters and everything like that and people backed up at the light all the way. There’s nothing out there now,” said Jennifer DePaolo, owner of Silver Spoon Diner.
Through Governor Tom Wolf’s order to allow life-sustaining-businesses to remain open, DePaolo is able to serve take-out meals and offer delivery only.
“As long as we are taking the proper precautions, which we are, we only let one person in at a time. We sanitize the door after everybody leaves and we have sanitizer out,” DePaolo said.
Depaolo and other businesses are doing everything they can to become compliant, as Monday is the first day the Governor’s order is being enforced by law enforcement.
“Since this is something nobody had to deal with before there was a little miscommunication. We all huddled together and figured out what roles to play and what we were going to do to make sure everything ran smoothly,” said Amy Bill, an employee at Everything Natural.
Since the store Everything Natural provides produce and and other essential foods, they are able to remain open.
That is not the case, however, for many other stores in the borough that had to close their doors until further notice.