(TheFreedomFlag.Com)- Republican Representative Mike Kelly has joined business owners and four Pennsylvania counties in a lawsuit against Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s excessive lockdown measures. According to a TribLive report on Thursday, the lawsuit challenges the legality and constitutionality of the stay-at-home order issued by the governor and which remains in place today.
The current stay-at-home order means that businesses deemed “non-essential” have been forced to shut down. The measures have been criticized by Democrats in the state as well as Republicans. Business owners across the state have also slammed the lockdown measures, citing the financial difficulty caused to them and their staff during the months-long lockdown.
Rep. Mike Kelly joins the lockdown which was initiated by two drive-in movie theaters, a racehorse trainer, a number of hair salons, a farm, and four state counties. It alleges that “constitutionally protected” activities have been banned by the lockdown, including door-to-door campaigning efforts and campaign rallies. This is particularly important now as the November presidential election is just around the corner.
On Wednesday, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court rejected a similar action that came from the eastern side of the state, which is seeing a significantly worse infection rate than the West. A county district attorney said that he would refuse to prosecute any business owners who reopen their stores and business operations in Greene County, one of the most rural parts of the state where only 27 people have been diagnosed with the virus.
Speaking to TribLive, the lawyer explained that he could not in good conscience “stand by and watch our economy and the small businesses in my community perish.”
“If large conglomerate shopping centers, gas stations and businesses deemed essential such as beer distributors can safely operate with thousands of customers entering their stores each day, then there is no reason the small business owner should not be allowed to operate under the same guidelines,” Russo added.
Governor Wolf began the next stage of reopenings in the state on Friday, but it didn’t make a significant difference. Some areas of the state have been allowed to progress to the “yellow” phase of reopening, but it still comes with heavy restrictions on businesses that desperately need to begin reopening.