Business owners in Pennsylvania woke up to some good news on Tuesday after a federal judge ruled that many of Pennsylvania’s coronavirus-related lockdown orders were unconstitutional.
The ruling mainly targeted Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s restrictions on private businesses, particularly those not deemed “life-sustaining,” as a local CBS affiliate in Philadelphia put it.
“There is no question that this country has faced, and will face, emergencies of every sort. But the solution to a national crisis can never be permitted to supersede the commitment to individual liberty that stands as the foundation of the American experiment,” the judge wrote in a 60-page opinion.
The stay-at-home orders and various shutdowns of “non-essential” businesses have already been suspended. However, many restrictions — such as the amount of people allowed into restaurants — remain in effect as they do almost everywhere else in the United States.
Governor Wolf’s administration has responded by saying they are “disappointed” with the ruling, and plan to appeal the decision.
“The actions taken by the administration were mirrored by governors across the country and saved, and continue to save lives in the absence of federal action,” the administration said in a press release. “This decision is especially worrying as Pennsylvania and the rest of the country are likely to face a challenging time with the possible resurgence of COVID-19 and the flu in the fall and winter.”
Coronavirus lockdowns continue to draw the same predictable political divisions, with Democrats offering no statements on when such shut downs should end and why. States such as Florida and Texas never locked down entirely — and neither did they see the same levels of mass death as Democrat-controlled states such as California and New York.
With a vaccine being fast-tracked, the number of cases around the country dwindling, and working Americans desperate to get back to their jobs, justifications for tyrannical lockdowns look weaker every day.