York County DA won’t prosecute nonessential businesses for violating shutdown order, tells police not to cite them

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York County District Lawyer Dave Sunday discusses neighborhood points with York Dispatch senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo in York Metropolis, Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019.

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York County District Lawyer Dave Sunday stated he won’t prosecute alleged violations towards nonessential companies that open early in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.

Native companies that aren’t life-sustaining have been shuttered since March 19, when Gov. Tom Wolf ordered them to shut underneath a stay-at-home order.

On Thursday, the governor prolonged the stay-at-home orders affecting most Pennsylvanians, with 24 counties transferring to a less-restrictive “yellow” part.

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“In analyzing the ever-changing scope and utility of those orders, we discover that their enforcement as felony penalties isn’t doable on the constant foundation required of prosecutors and legislation enforcement,” Sunday stated in a letter launched Friday. 

“Accordingly, this workplace won’t prosecute any felony citations for alleged violations of the aforementioned orders and rules, as amended, issued by the Governor and Secretary of the Division of Well being regarding the operation of non-life sustaining companies.

“Moreover, we’re hereby directing legislation enforcement to not challenge any such citations,” Sunday stated.

Extra: Businesses open in defiance of Pennsylvania shutdown

Extra: Still shuttered: Wolf doesn’t clear York County for ‘yellow’ reopening phase

Extra: Study: 30% of York County businesses could fail in coronavirus fallout

York County was not cleared to advance from “pink” part designation to “yellow” by Wolf on Friday. And nonessential companies may face doable penalties from the state in the event that they select to open early. 

“We’re expressly remaining silent on any points regarding potential civil or administrative penalties which may be imposed,” Sunday stated.

“Civil or administrative issues are past the scope and standing of this workplace and it could be inappropriate for us to supply any authorized opinions or steering on that matter.”

By the point York County strikes to the “yellow” and “inexperienced” phases of Wolf’s reopening plan, as much as 30% of native companies could should shut their doorways completely.

That statistic is a part of a advisor’s report on York County’s financial future, stated Kevin Schreiber, president and CEO of the York County Financial Alliance.

“It is a disaster,” he stated. “There’s no approach to sugarcoat it.”

— Ron Musselman could be reached at rmusselman@yorkdispatch.com or by way of Twitter at @ronmusselman8.

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