Mar. 20, 2020

Lawmaker responds to governor’s business shutdown

MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to shut down all non-life-sustaining business in Pennsylvania:

“I owe a debt of gratitude to those people in the 54th District who have helped to support others in times of need during the coronavirus pandemic. I can’t say enough positive things to our medical personnel. They have worked non-stop to care for those who have been stricken by this virus.

“These are very challenging times in Pennsylvania and our country. However, I feel our state government has acted irrationally. The governor’s five-hour notice of shutting most businesses down shows little understanding for the real world, especially for 80% of Pennsylvanians not in the southeast.” There must be a better definition of essential business services and a notice of a three- to four-day period to shut down non-essential business services. All businesses that create jobs are life-sustaining for the people who have the jobs! Any announcement in an emergency like this calls for clear and efficient lines of communication. It’s just not fair.

“Unfortunately, your Pennsylvania government is acting out of fear rather than making rational decisions.

“In the meantime, if you are a business who finds yourself in a situation where you must close, a waiver process through the Department of Community and Economic Development is available. Please send an email to

“I will be in the front line for you as we fight to stop the spread of the coronavirus.”

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at, or the Pennsylvania Department of Health website at

Representative Bob Brooks
54th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives