Businesses that choose to open their doors, despite Gov. Tom Wolf’s recent December restrictions, won’t need to worry about being prosecuted by the Lycoming County District Attorney.
“I previously stated that the District Attorney’s Office communicated to Law Enforcement that this office does not condone the investigation or prosecution of the Governor’s orders regarding the mandatory closure of various small businesses,” said District Attorney Ryan Gardner.
Garnder has been consistent with his refusal to enforce the governor’s restrictions, first stating in May that he would not prosecute businesses.
In response to the surge of recent cases, and Wolf’s new round of restriction on restaurants, bars, fitness centers and entertainment venues, Gardner said he would be “remiss if I failed to reiterate my position with respect to the prosecution of businesses.”
In short, Gardner said these issues don’t rise to the level of criminality.
Gardner added a caution for businesses who choose to reopen the doors beyond the governor’s allotment.
“Business owners choosing to open must be mindful of the Governor’s ability to impose civil consequences that include the revocation of licenses, the imposition of fines and the ability to scrutinize state mandated insurance policies” Gardner said.
District Attorney’s in Clinton, Lancaster and Bradford counties have also said they will not prosecute businesses over the past year.