The Pennsylvania Senate voted 29-21 Wednesday local time to pass a bill that would require the governor to implement a plan for businesses physically operating in the state to reopen and allow their employees to go back to work.
According to the bill’s wording, the mitigation plan for business and industry “would need to be developed using recommended guidance for mitigating exposure to Covid-19 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.”
The bill now heads to Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf’s desk.
Pennsylvania’s Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said Saturday that reopening businesses would be premature.
“I understand the legislature’s concern about the economy and desire to stimulate the economy but now is not the time,” Levine said. “It’s the time for people to stay home.”
Pennsylvania has reported least 26,753 coronavirus cases, including 779 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.