PA’s Dem Governor Wolf Threatens “CONSEQUENCES” If Counties Reopen Businesses

( Pennsylvania has been in the headlines frequently of late, as a result of its excessive lockdown order. Governor Tom Wolf has enforced one of the strictest orders in the country, perhaps only topped by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and has refused to change course despite criticism from politicians across the aisle.

On Monday, he doubled down. Instead of working constructively with leaders of counties across the state, he outlined a list of possible “consequences” for businesses and counties that don’t obey his rules and begin safely reopening businesses. It comes after Governor Wolf admitted he didn’t ask Josh Shapiro, the state’s Attorney General, to get involved with counties that are violating his lockdown orders.

“I won’t sit back and watch residents who live in counties under Stay at Home orders get sick because local leaders cannot see the risks of #COVID19 and push to reopen prematurely,” Wolf announced on Twitter after giving a press conference.

“Today I am announcing consequences for counties that do not abide by the law to remain closed,” he added.

One of the consequences Wolf is implementing is stopping counties that begin reopening from accessing federal stimulus funds. Wolf said that, instead, those funds will be reallocated to counties that follow the rules.

It comes as just 24 counties in the state have been permitted to move onto the second phase, the yellow phase, which allows some businesses to reopen for curbside pickup and delivery. However, it still involves a huge amount of restrictions and means most people still cannot go back to work. Thirteen more counties are expected to be allowed to begin reopening on May 15.

Wolf also announced that restaurants that allow people to dine in, even if they halve their indoor capacity, will “risk receiving a citation” and that these citations can lead to the restaurant losing its liquor license. Effectively, Wolf threatened businesses with crippling consequences that would see them lose even more business in the future.

The governor announced many more measures in a long thread on Twitter.