Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf has activated threat mode.
Earlier this week, Wolf visited the Susquehanna Township Police headquarters to lecture us all on the many different mitigation orders, such as mandatory masks and social distancing, that have been passed since the start of the pandemic.
And during his remarks, he began to make threats. Wolf says police can and will enforce the face mask mandate if they see someone not wearing one in public, as he’s ordered. He said people or businesses who fail to comply with the orders can or will receive a fine or have their licenses seized.
Wolf then pulled a number from his … well, you know. He said two-thirds of the state are active in wearing a mask in public. And the remaining third should step up and be more proactive.
“We have to do everything we can to keep our communities safe and healthy, including wearing a mask and following mitigation orders so our business operate safely,” Wolf said. “We have the ability to enforce these rules, and we are going to continue to work closely with commonwealth agencies and local officials to enforce public safety orders.”
In a post to Twitter, Wolf reminded the people of Pennsylvania that masks are to be worn at all times in public spaces, and that law enforcement are able to cite you if you aren’t wearing a mask in public.
Today I'm at Susquehanna Township Police headquarters to talk about the enforcement of #COVID19 mitigation orders.
Masks are required to be worn in all public spaces. Law enforcement officials are able to cite Pennsylvanians who aren't wearing a mask in public. pic.twitter.com/oxNNz8lAWV
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) August 3, 2020
Many in the Wolf administration have also echoed the same sentiments regarding social distancing and mask-wearing efforts to try to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19.
Threats Against Restaurants, Too
As if it hasn’t targeted restaurants enough already, the Wolf administration issued another warning to restaurants on Monday, too.
Russell Redding, the Agriculture Secretary noted that food inspectors will be visiting restaurants across the state in order to make sure coronavirus orders are being followed.
Health Secretary Rachel Levine shared the same sentiments as the governor regarding masks.
“When you wear a mask you are not only telling that person you pass on the street that you care about their safety, you are telling police and other first responders that you care about their safety, too,” Dr. Levine said.
Wolf’s Inconsistency on Face Masks
We really gave the Governor a hard time a few months ago when he couldn’t keep his story and mandates straight on face masks. One day he’d say they weren’t required. And then the next day it was a totally different story.
But since he issued an executive order on July 1 mandating face masks in public (which, by the way, he inconsistently delivers and says “any time you leave your home”), he hasn’t shut up about them.
Every day, Wolf reminds people on social media and any chance he gets that they have to wear a face mask when entering stores or being in places where social distancing isn’t possible.
Honestly, we liked it better when he couldn’t get his story straight. The more despotic he gets, the more difficult he is to listen to and respect.
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