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Pa. mostly relying on citizens to ‘self-enforce’ pandemic restrictions

Pennsylvania State Police are giving written warnings to Pennsylvanians who don’t comply with Gov. Tom Wolf’s order to wear a mask, but state officials are mostly relying on Pennsylvanians to “self enforcing” the directive.

In addition, Wolf said there is no one-size-fits-all plan to reopen the state. The Governor set May 8 as a target date to relax some restrictions, but said that some counties will be ready to open before others.

While Pennsylvania has joined neighboring states on a shared data taskforce to help guide the reopening, Wolf said that Pennsylvania will have its own timeline.

“Data won’t be determined by what New York is doing or any other state,” he said, “but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t take into account that we share borders with other states. The virus doesn’t recognize state borders.”

Dawn Ouellette Nixon
Dawn Ouellette Nixon is a career journalist who believes that good journalism can change the world. As the health care reporter, she covers everything from small town medicine to big pharma. You can also find her chasing a good business story in Berks County. She can be reached at dnixon@bridgetowermedia.com. or 610-807-9619, extension 4118.

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