Governor’s Actions Wednesday “Could Be the Final Stake in the Heart” for Some Small Businesses in Schuylkill County
The news – first reported statewide by The Canary – that Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf is once again closing bars and limiting restaurant capacity to just 25% is not going over well, as expected, with business owners or local elected officials.
On Wednesday, Wolf ordered all bars in Pennsylvania to close. Drinks can only be ordered with meals. And restaurants must limit themselves to 25% occupancy, down from the 50% limit originally set in his color-coded phased coronavirus reopening.
Bars and restaurants were only allowed to start inside service back on June 19 in Schuylkill County. That’s when we were moved to the green phase of that reopening plan.
“We’re f***ed,” one business owner told us quite frankly on Wednesday when they learned the news.
Less than a month later, some have to close their doors again. And restaurants will have to severely alter their business operations and do it in a hurry. Wolf gave less than 9 hours notice on these changes going into effect.
State Sen. Dave Argall (R-29, Schuylkill and Berks counties) says the actions Wolf took today “could be the final stake in the heart for many small business employers and thousands of employees in the small town which I represent.”
King Tom the First of His Name
Argall says Wolf doesn’t understand rural Pennsylvania, including Schuylkill County. And his actions today prove that.
“We heard it firsthand during my four Policy Committee hearings in the last few weeks: Rising numbers of COVID 19 cases in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia do not mean the Governor should hurt restaurant and bar employees in Sinking Spring, Womelsdorf and Shenandoah,” Argall says. “This further ruling by the Governor—who continues to act like King Tom the first, without the approval of the House, the Senate, our local governments, or the public could be the final stake in the heart for many small business employers and thousands of employees in the small towns which I represent.”
State Rep. Mike Tobash (R-125, Schuylkill and Dauphin counties) says, “Wolf’s statewide restrictions contradict the statement he made earlier that local leaders would be allowed to make COVID-19-related decisions.”
Tobash adds, “I am frustrated and disappointed. The economy continues to decline, and the governor will not allow the doors of business to stay open. Our workers will have to tap into their saving accounts if they have any funds remaining. The governor has once again ignored the voices of the people and refused to work with their representatives.”
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