Officials across Pennsylvania reported steady but not sharp decreases in the number of new coronavirus cases and deaths. And a growing number of county leaders, state Republican legislatorss, and business owners are putting more pressure on the state to lift its stay-at-home order. Even President Donald Trump chimed in on Twitter ahead of a rumored visit to Pennsylvania this week. Gov. Tom Wolf, though, issued a warning to those areas that violate his shutdown orders.
Pennsylvania is still following Wolf’s color-coded “phases” that partially lift shutdown restrictions in parts of the state that qualify. That decision will be based on the number of new cases and other factors.
The green phase means that all businesses will be allowed to open. No counties are there yet. Some are in the yellow phase, meaning the stay-at-home order is lifted, but gatherings of 25 people or more are not allowed. The red phase — the current state for Philly and nearby suburbs — means that only “life-sustaining” businesses are allowed in-person operations.
But can he actually withhold coronavirus recovery funds? Experts say that he can, but also that you can expect pushback.
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“The work of caring for one another, of feeding, cleaning, clothing, and sustaining daily life, never stops — not even in a global health crisis. If anything, as we’re seeing now, it increases.” — writes Pilar Gonalons-Pons, an assistant sociology professor at Penn, about the coronavirus’ impact on domestic work for women.