House passes restaurant reopening with bipartisan support; Wolf says he’ll okay take out mixed drinks

BY: - May 19, 2020

The bills passed with wide bipartisan support, but neither reached the two-thirds majority needed to overcome a veto by Gov. Tom Wolf.

In showdown with lawmakers, Wolf vetoes reopening bills; then allows real estate agencies to reopen

BY: - May 19, 2020

Enraging  Republicans, Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed a trio of bills Tuesday aimed at shielding swaths of the economy from statewide shutdown orders.

COVID-19 outbreak in Pa.: What’s open and what’s closed

BY: - May 19, 2020

This story will be updated with the latest COVID-related re-openings. Last update: Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020. Update: Last week, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a three-week restrictions, prohibiting indoor dining at bars and restaurants, closing gyms and entertainment venues, and limiting retail shopping to 50 percent capacity as the state’s healthcare system struggles to keep up the […]


Poll: Majority of voters want Pa. to take action on pandemic inequities | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 18, 2020

The pandemic has made it clear: The gap between haves and have-nots is wider than ever. And voters want state government to fix it.

As parts of the state reopen, Levine urges routine vaccinations for children

BY: - May 14, 2020

Levine said the Health Department has heard from pediatricians across the state, concerned that the COVID-19 pandemic has delayed routine vaccinations and “well child” visits. 

Open for business? Bill targeted at reopening car dealerships, barber shops get closer to Wolf’s desk

BY: - May 13, 2020

All three pieces of legislation must go to the House for concurrence votes before they can land on Wolf’s desk for a signature or a veto.


Pa. House Speaker Turzai hammered for dubious COVID-19 Twitter post | Monday Morning Coffee

BY: - May 11, 2020

A aide says the departing speaker was pointing out how vulnerable some Pennsylvanians are to the disease. Twitter didn't see it that way.

Wolf: 13 SWPA counties will reopen on May 15; 37 of 67 counties now move out of quarantine

BY: - May 8, 2020

Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Green, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties will move from the red phase to the yellow phase in the administration’s color-coded reopening process.

As Pa. emerges from shutdown, climate activists see parallels and opportunities

BY: - May 8, 2020

The Better Path Coalition, along with the Natural Resources Defense Council, are hoping that others will see the opportunity to address climate change head-on as the state gradually opens up.

Wolf extends stay at home order for most of Pa. to June 4

BY: - May 8, 2020

With 24 Pennsylvania counties set to move into the "yellow phase" on Friday, the Wolf administration on Thursday extended its stay at home order for the rest of the state to June 4.

Erie among 24 counties reopening on Friday: Here’s how the locals are getting ready

BY: - May 7, 2020

In the yellow phase, the stay-at-home order is lifted, but social gatherings of more than 25 persons are still prohibited. Included in the administration’s guidance is “specific information on cleaning and disinfecting premises, limiting the number of employees in common areas and customers on premises, providing masks and sanitizing supplies for employees, installing shields or other barriers at registers and checkout areas to physically separate cashiers and customers, and creating a plan in case a business is exposed to a probable or confirmed case of COVID-19,” according to a written statement made Monday.

Levine: University of Wash.’s projected COVID-19 death count for Pa. shows risk of reopening too fast

BY: - May 5, 2020

The state's top public health official continued to stress that the decision to move counties through the state's color-coded reopening scheme will "be done in a very careful, data-driven way."