We’ve said since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic that Gov. Tom Wolf is making things up as he goes along.
And this is just the latest example. It won’t be the last; we assure you.
On Friday, Wolf announced the first round of counties that phase from Red to Yellow and out of the Stay at Home Order he issued for all of Pennsylvania on April 1.
Well, that wasn’t the fool’s first prank. Seems he’s into pulling fast ones on the first of the month now.
Wolf Lies About Hair Salons and Barbers Opening Under Phase Yellow
So, apparently the latest fast move by Tom Wolf came on Friday. As he announced which 24 Pennsylvania counties phase from Red to Yellow on May 8, he added a little something extra. Just a little reminder to let everyone know that he’s in charge of your lives, not you.
According to WNEP’s Jon Meyer, hair salons and nail salons will not be allowed to re-open during the Phase Yellow stage of the coronavirus re-opening of Pennsylvania.
Well, technically, Wolf had Health Sec. Rachel Levine deliver the bad news.
“Earlier this week, the Department of Health told us specifically that hair salons would be allowed to open in the counties that go to Yellow. I even double checked with the press office,” Meyer wrote in a Facebook post Friday night. “The Secretary of Health just said that is not the case anymore. Hair and nail salons will not be allowed in those counties.”
Hair Salons and Nail Salons Need to Re-Open
This is about more than just feeling the need to get a haircut. Hair salons, nail salons, and barbershops are among the most fragile small businesses in the Pennsylvania economy. Nationwide, that’s true, too.
Many salons and shops are independently owned, often with zero or just a few employees. Barbers and stylists often work as independent contractors, even in someone else’s shop.
Right now, there’s not much of a safety net for people in this situation. Unemployment compensation isn’t an option. And the system created to get freelancers, the self-employed, and independent contractors any type of relief has flopped. Many report not getting anything close to their regular earnings through the state’s slapdash system.
This goes way beyond some peoples’ vanity needs. It’s about survival for these business owners, not just for their businesses but their own lives. These businesses have gone weeks with zero income. Today, businesses lucky enough to get phased into the Yellow zone thought they might have a chance but had the rug pulled out from them at the last minute without a proper explanation.
Schuylkill County Not Included in First Round of Phase Yellow
So, as pissed as you may be that Schuylkill County wasn’t included in the first round of counties to turn from Red to Yellow like the map shared by Meyer and one we shared earlier on Friday, imagine how upset you’d be if we did come out of the lockdown and the Governor immediately pulled a stunt like this. Imagine if you’re one of these business owners who got duped at the last minute.
We can assure you this likely won’t be the last time this happens. It hasn’t even been the first time it’s happened during this ham-handed pandemic response.
A big question remains now: How much more of this nonsense are people willing to take from Wolf?
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