Gov. Wolf Warns Politicians Encouraging Businesses To Reopen

Governor Tom Wolf during a news conference on May 11, 2020
Photo credit Office Of the Governor

HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Governor Tom Wolf is sending a warning to politicians who are encouraging businesses to reopen in areas of the commonwealth not yet allowed to do so.

During a news conference Monday, Wolf said “to those politicians who decide to cave into this coronavirus, they need to understand the consequences of their cowardly act.”

Wolf says the funding the state has put aside, including some federal money from the CARES Act will not go to counties operating businesses illegally.

Wolf adds that businesses that violate the current orders are at risk of losing their health department certificate, losing their liquor license, losing their certificate of occupancy and more.

“All these depend on upon you doing everything you can to keep your patrons safe and buy opening  before the evidence suggests you should, you’re taking undue risks with the safety of your customers,” said Wolf. “That’s not only morally wrong, it’s also really bad business.”

Businesses that decided to reopen before legally allowed to do so will most likely lose their insurance, according to Wolf.

Wolf also adds that employees that work for businesses that are reopen don’t have to go to work and can stay at home and collect unemployment benefits until a business is deemed safe to reopen.

Locally, officials in Beaver and Greene County has said they won’t prosecute businesses that reopen early.

Greene County will move into the yellow phase on Friday and Beaver County will remain in the red phase for now.

“Pennsylvanians are fighting for our lives,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have fought this deadly virus in the best way we can, and sacrificed in ways we could never have imagined. It has been a new kind of heroism – in many ways a quiet heroism. These heroic acts deserve to be met not by surrendering, but by staying the course.”

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