Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney has ordered that all “non-essential” businesses in the city close, and his list of essential businesses that are allowed to continue to operate is missing something that a lot of city residents consider absolutely essential at the moment; access to firearms and ammunition for self defense.
On Tuesday, the city released an updated list of examples of businesses deemed essential, and bike shops made the cut:
- Supermarkets, grocery stores, farmers’ markets, convenience stores, and mini markets
- Restaurants and food vendors providing food through online, delivery, pickup or walk-in
- Hardware stores and stores supplying construction materials
- Gas stations, auto repair shops, and bicycle stores
- Post Offices
- Stores selling general merchandise and household consumer products
- Laundromats and dry cleaners
- Veterinary clinics and pet stores
- Home/Commercial building repairs
How on earth are dry cleaners considered “essential” and gun stores are considered non-essential businesses? Additionally, Philly magazine reports the mayor is allowing “key infrastructure” businesses to remain open as well.