Gov. Wolf Urges Compliance With Pennsylvania's COVID-19 Mitigation Orders

KDKA Radio Staff
August 04, 2020 - 10:41 am

Governor Wolf is urging Pennsylvanians to wear a mask when in public areas to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and said those who don't can be cited.

The governor spoke at the Susquehanna Township Police headquarters on Monday to stress the importance of the mitigation orders his administration put into place throughout the state. He was joined by Secretary of Health, Dr. Rachel Levine, Secretary of Agriculture Russel Redding and Pennsylvania State Police Lt. Col. Scott Price among others.

“We have to do everything we can to keep our communities safe and healthy, including wearing a mask and following mitigation orders so our business operate safely,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have the ability to enforce these rules, and we are going to continue to work closely with commonwealth agencies and local officials to enforce public safety orders."

Wolf says no one will be arrested for refusing to comply but says there are consequences for entering a business bare faced or running a business without regard for social distancing.

“We are grateful to the majority of Pennsylvanians who have stepped up to follow mitigation requirements and for all the support our troopers and liquor control enforcement officers have received during the past several months,”said  Lt. Col. Price.

“Wearing a mask is so important to protecting each other. I implore all Pennsylvanians to do right thing,” Dr. Levine said. “When you wear a mask you are not only telling that person you pass on the street that you care about their safety, you are telling police and other first responders that you care about their safety, too.”

At the beginning of July, Levine made the wearing of masks mandatory for all Pennsylvanians any time they go out in public and cannot maintain proper distance from others. In mid-July, Governor Wolf instituted new mitigation orders restricting restaurants to 25 percent capacity and only allowing alcohol to be sold with meals (drinks-to-go can continue).


“Pennsylvania’s restaurant owners and staff and have delivered for us, putting safe, healthy food on our tables,” said Redding, who was also present. “We can all deliver for them by wearing a mask and following the COVID-19 measures to keep them safe and healthy.”

Face coverings must be worn if you are:

  • Outdoors and unable to consistently maintain a distance of six feet from individuals who are not members of your household
  • In any indoor location where members of the public are generally permitted
  • Waiting for, riding on, driving or operating public transportation or praratransit or while in a taxi, private car service or ride-sharing vehicle
  • Obtaining services from the healthcare sector
  • Engaged in work, whether at the workplace or performing work off-site when interacting with any member of the pubic

The governor wants Pennsylvanians to think of masks like seat belts and stop signs, as he urges full compliance. “We need to come together, unified, against COVID-19,” he said. “I’m calling upon every Pennsylvanian to do their part to help us get as close as we can to 100 percent compliance on masking.”

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