Pennsylvania House approves bill to reopen businesses following CDC guidelines


HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — The Pennsylvania House voted Tuesday approving a bill that could reopen all businesses that follow CDC guidelines.

If passed, Senate Bill 613 would require Gov. Tom Wolf to develop and implement a mitigation plan for businesses that align with the CDC and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Businesses would be eligible to reopen during the pandemic as long as they follow CDC health standards, according to CISA guidance.

“Ever since Gov. Tom Wolf suddenly and without notice decided to close certain businesses he deemed non-essential in the Commonwealth, there have been inconsistencies in his waiver process that are picking winners and losers in our business community,” House Republicans issued in a release. “A lot of the losers in this situation are the small businesses that are the backbone of our local economies and communities.”

Wolf began his order to close non-life sustaining businesses in Pennsylvania in mid-March.

This vote follows one day after Wolf and several neighboring state governors announced a joint effort to reopen states once the threat of COVID-19 has diminished.

The measure will now face the state Senate, which even if approved, could be vetoed by the governor.

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