Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Tuesday responded to a federal ruling that his administrations restrictions put into place amid the COVID-19 pandemic were unconstitutional.
he released the following statement.
A federal judge has declared the COVID-19 restrictions set in place by Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf and State Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine unconstitutional.
The Honorable William Stickman the 4th, District Judge, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, issued the judgement Monday, stating that the orders violated components of the first and fourteenth amendments.
Earlier this year, the administration imposed stay-at-home orders for Pennsylvanians and put into place restrictions that forced non-life-sustaining businesses to close. Since then, many of those restrictions have been lifted, however new restrictions that affect the restaurant industry and the gathering of people were put into place.