A group of Western Pennsylvania business owners unhappy with Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s restrictions are fighting back with what they call a “Restaurant Revolution.”
The move by the Allegheny County businesses, set to begin Friday, will express dissatisfaction with rules that currently limit the number of patrons restaurants can serve — restrictions ostensibly put in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus.
Organizers of the protest are asking business owners to open their venues at full capacity rather than the 25-percent capacity mandated by the governor, according to Pittsburgh’s KDKA-TV.
The group stated that aside from the resistance to capacity restrictions, they would otherwise obey COVID-19 recommendations set out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), such as maintaining six feet of distance between customers.
The governors asserted that they participated in talks with the governor’s office in Harrisburg for about a month, but that the governor ignored a recent deadline for getting back to them with a decision.
As a result, the group is calling on owners to open their restaurants at full capacity beginning Friday in defiance of the governor’s order.
Wolf announced a series of tougher coronavirus restrictions last month after state health authorities reported a surge in new cases.
“If we don’t act now, medical experts are projecting that this new surge in cases could soon eclipse the peak in April,” Wolf wrote on Twitter at the time. His new rules took effect July 16.
Today I’m announcing new statewide #COVID19 restrictions, effective 7/16:
? All indoor dining: Reduced to 25% capacity
? Bars: Open for sit-down meals at tables only, bar service prohibited
? Telework: Mandated (if possible)
? Gatherings: < 25 people indoor, < 250 outdoor
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) July 15, 2020
Wolf’s orders have met opposition from Republicans, who say they are too restrictive and confusing.
Elected officials in Allegheny County have spoken out against the restaurant owners’ planned protest.
“The law is the law,” Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald told KDKA. “We can’t just have people breaking the law. The state has put these restrictions in place and we support their decision.”
Fitzgerald warned that the county’s COVID-19 task force would keep making inspections of restaurants and taverns and hand out citations to violators.
County health authorities recently ordered the restaurant/nightclub Seven to shut down for a week over allegations that it violated coronavirus rules. Among those violations were employees allegedly not wearing masks, as well as allowing patrons to sit at the bar and serving alcohol to customers who did not also order food.
Allegedly, the restaurant denied entry to a county health inspector until the inspector received assistance from Pittsburgh police. In addition to the weeklong shutdown, the restaurant was ordered to pay a $532 fine.
Dr. Debra Bogen, director of the county’s health department, urged business owners to not go through with their plan.
“I would put out a plea: Please, please don’t do that,” she said. “It is a critical time with schools and all of our college students returning to town over the next few weeks. It is our time to focus on the return to education.”
On August 6, over 100 businesses held a rally in the parking lot of a restaurant in Bethel Park, calling on Wolf to ease the restrictions.
In other parts of Pennsylvania, restaurant owners frustrated by the governor’s rules said they were trying their best to cope with the restrictions.
“We’ve learned to just try to adapt,” Josh Divers, co-owner of a brew pub in Bethlehem, told Philadelphia’s FOX 29.
As the news media continues fueling fears about rising coronavirus cases, governments are using those fears as grounds to impose restrictions on citizens, threatening them into submission with fines and even jail time.
In Miami, the city created a 39-officer mask-enforcement team specifically to crack down on those who refuse to comply with the mask mandate. Miami-Dade requires residents to wear a face covering anywhere in public — even outdoors. The penalty for refusing to do so is up to $500 and even jail time.
Ironically, the media continues to blame coronavirus for the economic misfortunes of many Americans in making the case for additional government intervention and stimulus packages. However, state and local governments are the very entities causing economic strife with their restrictions on businesses.
If governments would simply let Americans go back to business as usual, the economy would quickly recover and there would be no need for new welfare. But, of course, such common-sense policies wouldn’t favor the pro-big government agenda the establishment wants.
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