Source: United States House of Representatives – Representative Lloyd Smucker (PA-16)
LANCASTER, PA — In response to Governor Wolf’s announcement that Lancaster County will move to the governor’s “yellow designation” by June 5th, Congressman Lloyd Smucker released the following statement:
“I appreciate the leadership of our Lancaster County Commissioners for responding to the threat of COVID-19 in a holistic manner and utilizing federal CARES Act funding to build a strong public-private partnership which will allow our economy to begin to recover. Additionally, I am thankful for the leadership of the York County Commissioners for their exceptional response to this disease, which allowed them to move to Governor Wolf’s “yellow designation” prior to Lancaster County.
Gov. Wolf continues to fail the residents of Lancaster County. By forcing small businesses to wait two more weeks to begin to reopen, we will see more business closures and more jobs permanently eliminated. The governor does not appear to be in touch with reality. This further delay will continue to put incredible financial strain on hardworking families across our district.
The facts on the ground are simply different in Lancaster County than they are in other counties in southeast Pennsylvania. Gov. Wolf should allow Lancaster County to begin reopening today, by recognizing the county is putting into place a robust response to COVID-19. This failure is just further evidence of his arbitrary decision-making and refusal to be collaborative with local elected officials. Gov. Wolf simply just does not get it.
Moving forward, will require all of us to continue to stay safe recognizing our individual health circumstances. Advancing to the next phase of reopening does not mean things are returning to normal, but it moves us one step further in allowing our economy to recover. It remains critical for us to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Smucker.