Even when some downtown Lancaster retailers had been inspired by the push to reopen Might 15, the chance of state sanctions was sufficient to maintain them closed.
Particularly, state Gov. Tom Wolf threatened to revoke permits and licenses and void insurance coverage protection for companies that defy the shutdown order.
“I don’t admire an elected official threatening, with the completely different instruments they’ve at their disposal, the livelihoods of their constituents,” mentioned downtown Lancaster actual property investor and enterprise proprietor Rob Ecklin.
“I’ve an actual drawback with that,” mentioned Ecklin, who owns Quarryville-based cleaner and lubricant maker Stoner Inc.
Whereas his tenants are staying closed for now, Ecklin, who additionally owns Particulars present store and Pappagallo clothes retailer, says he plans to open these downtown outlets Tuesday, working to maintain prospects and worker protected by limiting hours, requiring masks and limiting the variety of prospects at a time.
“At this level, there may be help to get folks transferring and dealing once more and I need to be a part of that prepare,” he mentioned. “I feel it’s critically essential to be able to proceed the downtown Lancaster that we all know and love.”
Ecklin describes it as a “calculated threat” to reopen earlier than the shutdown orders are lifted saying “entrepreneurs make these calculated dangers on a regular basis.”
As for the potential sanctions, Ecklin says he’ll take them as they arrive.
“I don’t know that the state can totally observe by means of on all their threats, No. 1. And No. 2, in the event that they do, they do — after which we could find yourself difficult that in court docket. We don’t know, we’ll have to guage that on the time,” he mentioned.
— to lancasteronline.com