At least a dozen restaurants and gyms statewide have said they plan to remain open despite the latest shutdown orders issued by Gov. Tom Wolf, write Erin Arvedlund and Anna Orso for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Among them is Universal Athletic Club, a large fitness center in Lancaster. The club posted on Facebook that it has logged close to 200,000 check-ins since June and that there has been no identified community spread related to them.
So far, the number of businesses that are willing to oppose the order is small; however, the anger is widespread. Some business groups slammed the newest shutdown mandate, including the Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry.
“Closing businesses that clearly aren’t the cause of a virus spike (and) compounding it by offering no aid is irresponsible and cruel,” said CCCBI president Guy Ciarrocchi. “Our communities will suffer the effects for years.”
When announcing the new shutdown orders, the Wolf Administration has cited two new studies out of Yale University and Stanford University that link restaurants and gyms with new COVID-19 infections.
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