May. 08, 2020

MURRYSVILLE – Rep. Bob Brooks (R-Allegheny/Westmoreland) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to move to the “yellow phase” of reopening in the southwest region of the state starting May 15.

“I am pleased that the governor is easing his most restrictive pandemic order on movement and businesses next week in the 54th District, joining much of northern Pennsylvania that began emerging today. Thanks to all of you! The governor has heard your voices and finally reacted to safely reopen Allegheny and Westmoreland counties.

“Our next task is to concentrate on the future of our economy. The last two months have been devastating for our businesses and employees. We can’t make up that time, so we must look to see what we can capitalize on more in the next several weeks. We must get our Commonwealth in working order.

“As your state representative, I have joined the efforts in trying to combat the crisis by sponsoring a food drive, delivering treats to our first responders, and I am introducing legislation that would reopen Pennsylvania restaurants if they can adhere to the social distancing practices and other mitigation measures defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to protect workers and to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

“In addition, I will be working with the Pennsylvania Department of Education to get our children back in the classroom by Labor Day. A plan must be put in place and to date we are still in the dark. Learning gives our young people the knowledge of the world and helps them change it into something better. They are our future leaders! I am pleased to see that all schools in the 54th District are continuing with online learning.

“COVID-19 can best be described as a bully that has been controlling our lives. However, news to reopen 13 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania, including Allegheny and Westmoreland, gives us hope. It’s nice to see that you will soon be able to resume a life outside your home.”

Brooks explained that the governor’s “yellow phase” can be described as aggressive mitigation as opposed to a complete stay-at-home order, and allows for gatherings of up to 25 people, while child care centers and some other businesses such as dentists and home sales that were previously closed because Wolf classified them as non-life sustaining can reopen. Restaurants and bars must continue to only fulfill takeout or delivery orders, while retail operations can open, though curbside or delivery is preferred. Places like gyms and casinos cannot reopen in the yellow phase. Social distancing is still expected.

Representative Bob Brooks
54th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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