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Several Schuylkill County Businesses Defying Tom Wolf’s Shutdown Orders

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west penn diner open wolf shutdown order

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 :


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  • 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!”

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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.

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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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  1. Frank

    December 13, 2020 at 8:22 am

    Wolf seems to really have a beef with small business. It seems he’s out to destroy them all along with the people they employ. Severe long term adverse effects to come, not to mention putting our children on house arrest

  2. Ryles

    December 13, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    Lots of irresponsibility here. Irresponsible to endanger your employees & customers. And irresponsible of our fed & state reps for not getting aid for these beleaguered tax-paying business owners.

    • Canary Commenter

      December 13, 2020 at 4:24 pm

      There’s no data suggesting restaurants pose any more of a risk of contracting the virus than wearing a mask. The Governor picks on them because he thinks he can. You don’t think it’s strange that the virus seems to pinpoint businesses that are under more state government control than others?

  3. PTFloridians

    December 14, 2020 at 3:23 pm

    My guess, is that large companies like Walmart, Home Depot, etc., drive large amounts ofbstock related wealth, to many, many politicians etc., and Joe’s Five and Dime store doesn’t. It’s as simple as that…follow the money. Small business in America is collateral damage, relative to “war”. Make no mistake, these things that we see happening, is “war” on America, our President, and our freedoms and liberties as we know it.

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