A small victory for anti-lockdown advocates in Pennsylvania. Last week, a judge ruled against Governor Tom Wolf, who sought to reimpose limits on gatherings.
U.S. District Judge William Stickman ruled that Pennsylvania Governor Wolf and his administration failed in demonstrating they’re likely to prevail on appeal. Governor Wolf’s spokesperson stated his office would be reviewing the ruling.
“Defendants did not adduce any evidence that would explain and justify treating social, cultural, political, and other similar gatherings differently from the commercial gatherings covered by a percentage of occupancy-based limitation,” the Stickman wrote.
“For example, nobody explained why hundreds may gather indoors to shop (the larger the facility, the more people permitted), dozens may dine in a restaurant (again, the larger the restaurant, the more will be permitted), but no more than twenty-five may attend an indoor lecture, a speech or a wedding.”
“It’s a complete and total victory for the counties, the businesses, and the representatives. You can’t order the entire population of Pennsylvania to stay at home.” said attorney Thomas W. King III, who represented the plaintiffs.
U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV said the administration failed to show “imminent and irreparable harm will occur” if the state can’t limit crowds to 25 people inside and 250 people outside. https://t.co/3IPOnAfESV— The Sentinel (@cumberlink) September 22, 2020