Clarity needed for local businesses, Phillips-Hill urges governor to work with stakeholders

YORK – Senator Kristin Phillips-Hill (R-York) released the following statement in response to Governor Wolf’s late announcement last evening to require all “non-life sustaining” businesses to close by 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 19.

“Governor Wolf’s move last evening created more questions than answers during a national crisis. This is not a partisan attack on him or his administration as we are all in this fight together to flatten the curve and diminish the COVID-19’s impact in Pennsylvania. However, our Commonwealth’s leader needs to provide clarity rather than create more confusion during this very difficult and unprecedented time in history.

“I urge the governor to work with all stakeholders who are impacted by his last minute order, including small businesses, manufacturers and other local employers, by providing greater transparency and direction rather than a three-hour window to shutter operations.

“We all have an important role to play in reassuring the public, including businesses, how to best mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19 and that a thoughtful and thorough approach should be the norm moving forward. I will continue to work with our local employers to help them gain clarity during these uncertain times.”

You can watch Senator Phillips-Hill’s message to citizens of the 28th Senatorial District here.

COVID-19 Updates 

Phillips-Hill and her staff continue to respond to emails and phone calls left at her offices. The office remains closed to in-person meetings and visitors until further notice.

She can be reached at 717-741-4648 (District Office) or at 717-787-7085 (Capitol Office), as well as at or

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