Several Schuylkill County businesses decided to open on Saturday despite some sort of shutdown order from Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf.
Earlier this week, Wolf ordered restaurants to stop indoor dining service. He also ordered gyms and fitness centers, among other businesses to close entirely.
Schuylkill County Businesses Choose to Defy Governor Wolf Shutdown Orders
Here are the Schuylkill County businesses that have chosen to stay open Saturday in spite of the :
- Buddy’s Log Cabin, Pine Grove
- West Penn Diner, Tamaqua
However, we did find 2 Schuylkill County restaurants that are definitely not hiding their plans.
At the West Penn Diner, the restaurant’s owner posted on its Facebook page:
“I will NEVER make my employees work if they do not want to or feel safe. I understand that all my employees want to stay open and serve the community. We will be here for our community 6 am to 2 pm. Until the Governor pays my employees and I for shutting down and staying home and not funding the states losses with CARES money we all have families to feed and bills to pay. Stay safe and hope to see ya at the West Penn Diner.”
The same stance is being taken against the Governor’s order at Buddy’s Log Cabin in Pine Grove.
The owner writes on that business’s Facebook page:
“With much consideration, we have decided to keep our dining room open until December 22nd. We will continue following CDC guidelines when it comes to cleaning and sanitizing. Our employees have suffered enough and we feel we owe it to them to remain open. We thank you for your patronage!”
After a day with presumably no incident, the restaurant stopped to thank customers who came out and supported Buddy’s, a business that’s been open for decades in Pine Grove.
Also staying open in defiance of Wolf’s orders is Now and Zen Yoga Studio in Orwigsburg. Here’s a Facebook post from the yoga studio explaining why it’s staying open rather than closing its doors:
According to political activist Marcus Riddell, who is compiling an active list of these businesses, there are a total of 157 restaurants and gyms across Pennsylvania operating in defiance of the Governor’s orders.
We were unable to confirm any of the other Schuylkill County restaurants listed below. We should note that The Little Brown Barrel, listed below, is only open for outdoor seating under a heated tent.
And Leiby’s Restaurant near Tamaqua posted on social media that it’s closed this weekend for indoor dining but is weighing options going forward.
We’ll be following this story closely in the coming weeks.
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