Six Midstate counties moving to yellow amid anti-shutdown protest

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HARRISBURG, Pa, (WHTM) — Governor Tom Wolf is planning to move six counties in the Midstate from the red phase to the yellow phase on May 22.

Cumberland, York, Adam, Perry, Juniata, and Mifflin counties are next in line to move to yellow. The remaining Midstate counties will remain in the red phase until further notice.

This comes as anti-shutdown protesters stage another rally in front of the State Capitol in downtown Harrisburg. Protesters are calling on Governor Tom Wolf to reopen the entire commonwealth.

Some at the protest are accusing Governor Wolf of stripping them of their constitutional rights.

One protester held a sign which read “proud to be a coward” referring to governor Wolf’s remarks made on Monday about politicians defying his orders.

The group who organized the protest claims the Governor is abusing his power and says it’s time for him to work more closely with legislators.

This is the second ReOpen PA rally since Governor Wolf’s stay-at-home order. Protesters are seen shoulder to shoulder, many without masks.

“There are always risks in life but unfortunately right now, a lot of people are dying,” said Matt Bellis of ReOpen PA. “A lot of people are committing suicide. There’s depression. There’s loneliness. There’s all kind of factors coming out of this lockdown that make it necessary for us to let to the Governor know that he has to work with the General Assembly again.”

The group says Governor Tom Wolf has been acting under a law meant for disaster relief to lock everyone in and lock down resources.

37 of the 67 counties in Pa. have been moved to the yellow phase and Wolf is expected to announce 12 more this afternoon.

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