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Local state reps call on Wolf to lift capacity rule for restaurants, bars

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HARRISBURG, Pa.– State Representatives Chris Sainato, D-Lawrence, and Mark Longietti, D-Mercer, have written to Gov. Tom Wolf urging him to lift his recent restriction imposing a 25% indoor capacity on restaurants and bars.  They call it unnecessarily restrictive and damaging to the local economy.


"The governor is punishing all restaurants and bars for the failure of a few bad actors who are failing to comply with safety guidelines," Sainato said. "The problem with that approach is that it hurts everyone while failing to get at the root of the problem.


"The restriction is especially difficult for our local restaurants and bars because they must compete with businesses in nearby Ohio, which are operating under less restrictive rules," Longietta said. "Must our local business owners be forced to sit by and watch as residents cross state lines to patronize competing establishments? This is income that should be returning to our own local economy, not helping to enrich neighboring states." 


The letter is co-signed by state Rep. Frank Burns, D-Cambria; state Reps. Ryan Bizzarro, Bob Merski and Pat Harkins, all D-Erie; state Rep. Joe Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana; and state Rep. Scott Conklin, D-Centre.


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