HARRISBURG – State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) joined lawmakers from the local Senate and House delegation Friday in asking Governor Tom Wolf to transition area communities from a “red” COVID-19 pandemic classification to “yellow.”
Portions of the 33rd Senate District fall within the appropriate metrics and variables identified by the Pennsylvania Department of Health in lifting coronavirus restrictions.
“Over the past two months, the General Assembly has offered to work with the Governor to address ongoing issues, including safely reopening our state for business, fixing flaws within the business waiver program, and addressing backlogs with the Department of Labor & Industry,” said Mastriano.
“We are all in this together, but the administration has refused to cooperate,” said Mastriano.
Following the Governor’s emergency declaration in March, the administration instructed all businesses not considered to be “life sustaining” to shut down. Subsequently, the General Assembly has taken multiple steps to safely reopen Pennsylvania for work, including the recent passage of Senate Bill 613.
Additionally, Mastriano introduced Senate Bill 1103, which would utilize Centers for Disease Control and federal Labor Department protocols to safely reopen Pennsylvania businesses.
As businesses in “yellow” counties begin the process of reopening, new guidelines are available to ensure safe operations. Businesses that have questions about guidelines are encouraged to contact the Department of Health at 1-877-724-3258. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control also has updated guidance for child care centers to protect children, staff and families from COVID-19.
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