Bartolotta Raises Concerns Regarding Governor’s New COVID-19 Restrictions

HARRISBURG – Senator Camera Bartolotta (R-46) issued the following statement today regarding the Wolf Administration’s new restrictions on all Pennsylvanians in relation to COVID-19: 

“Today’s announcement is a bitter pill to swallow for business owners and employees who have played by Governor Wolf’s arbitrary rules for months at great expense. We have seen exactly zero evidence from the Wolf Administration that these venues are responsible for the recent increase in infections in Pennsylvania, so it is unclear why they are punishing those businesses with these new mandates.

“Asking restaurants to open at 50 percent capacity was a heavy lift for the industry, but the newest edicts from Governor Wolf represent an even greater burden on an industry that is already struggling. These new restrictions will only lead to more businesses closing and more employees being laid off at a time when we can afford neither.

“This is yet another disappointing example of Governor Wolf taking broad action without consulting the General Assembly or county officials whose perspectives are vital in the fight against COVID-19. I continue to encourage the governor to work with lawmakers and other elected officials so we can avoid short-sighted, knee-jerk reactions that will have devastating consequences for Pennsylvanians.”

 

CONTACT: Colleen Greer (717) 787-1463