There’s no sense debating a ruling that will be appealed. Two of three federal judges upheld what we did.

But what’s not up for debate is that our early and decisive action saved lives.

While the federal government dithered, Pennsylvania took action.
Our hospitals were never overwhelmed and research tells us thousands of lives were saved.

So would we, in hindsight, do some things differently? Of course.

Would I follow the irresponsible demands of the President or the Republican legislature? Absolutely not.
I believe the vast majority of Pennsylvanians understand what we had to do in the beginning was necessary to keep people safe before we had the resources to reopen safely.
The vast majority of Pennsylvanians don’t buy into conspiracy theories or fear mongering from the President or Harrisburg Republicans about this virus.

They wear masks. They keep their distance. They are smart about how they interact with others. They are responsible.
Contrary to the misinformation from the legislature, we are reopened. And we’ve been able to manage outbreaks and mitigate risk successfully, while trying to bring some normalcy to our lives.
I will continue to do what is necessary to keep people safe and contain the virus.

Containing the virus is the only way to protect our health and keep our economy going.

So we will appeal, and we will take that appeal as far as necessary to ensure we can do that.
I want to reassure people that may be nervous or worried about what’s ahead this fall: No matter what, we will find a way to keep Pennsylvanians safe.
The President and the legislature are celebrating a ruling while refusing to help anyone but themselves.

We deserve better. I’m going to keep holding their feet to the fire to stop playing politics with this disease and start living up to the responsibilities of their offices.

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15 Jul
Today I’m announcing new statewide #COVID19 restrictions, effective 7/16:

🔹 All indoor dining: Reduced to 25% capacity
🔹 Bars: Open for sit-down meals at tables only, bar service prohibited
🔹 Telework: Mandated (if possible)
🔹 Gatherings: < 25 people indoor, < 250 outdoor
During the past week, we have seen an unsettling climb in new #COVID19 cases.

#COVID19 cases peaked in Pennsylvania on April 9 with nearly 2,000 new cases.

If we don’t act now, medical experts are projecting that this new surge in cases could soon eclipse the peak in April.
These #COVID19 restrictions worked during the first wave in the spring, and they will work again if we all do our part.

Thank you to every Pennsylvanian for your continued patience and support.
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11 May
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.

Today I am announcing consequences for counties that do not abide by the law to remain closed.
Non-compliant counties won't be eligible for federal stimulus discretionary funds.

Instead, those funds will be allocated to counties working to stop the spread of #COVID19.
Businesses should know that opening in counties that don’t abide by the law will potentially jeopardize their business liability insurance or the protections it provides.
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I’m at @PEMAHQ with @PAHealthDept to announce that we now have 22 known coronavirus cases and 180 people under investigation in Pennsylvania.

We also are announcing new guidance for all Pennsylvanians and specific guidance for individuals in Montgomery County. #COVID19 Governor Wolf and officials
Because Montgomery County has had a rapid growth in its number of #COVID19 cases, workers and residents will have special provisions starting Friday, March 13.

I am ordering the closure of all schools, day cares, community centers, gyms, and entertainment venues.
This includes Montgomery County YMCAs, theaters, sporting events, concerts, and nonessential retail facilities.

It includes schools of all types, such as pre-K, higher education and private schools. #COVID19
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