Senator Arnold Responds to Governor Wolf’s ‘shutdown’

Lebanon – Senator David J. Arnold (R-48) has recently issued a statement on the March 16, 2020 ‘order’ by Governor Wolf to shutter all non-essential businesses.

“I commend the Governor and his team of health experts for their around-the-clock updates on the status of COVID-19. That being said, I do have some concerns with his March 16th, 2020 press event in which he ‘ordered’ non-essential businesses to close their doors. This has caused a significant amount of confusion amongst business owners, employees, and patrons.” Arnold went on to say, “As it stands now, the governor does not have the authority to shutter all business in the Commonwealth. While I certainly support individuals staying home and out of public places as much as possible, this is simply not a reality for some.”

“To clarify, while we must take the spread of COVID-19 seriously, this is not a blanket mandate. The governor has strongly urged that non-essential businesses shut down as part of social distancing measures aimed at slowing the spread of the virus. The governor has mandated bars and restaurants to end dine-in service. Food establishments can still operate take-out and delivery services. This is an enforceable action, as restaurants and bars fall under the purview of the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board and the Department of Health. Please note the difference between those two messages from the governor”.

“I urge individuals with any further questions or concerns to call my district office for clarification. The telephone number is 717-274-6735.”
The district remains open for calls and emails, but not in-person visitors, until further notice.

Greg Moreland