The governor’s efforts to slow the spread of the coronavirus “were made with good intentions to address a public health emergency,” Stickman wrote. “But even in an emergency, the government’s authority is not unlimited.”
The courts had consistently denied contesting Wolf’s power to order businesses to close during the pandemic, and many other governors, Republicans and Democrats, took steps similar to spreading the virus across the country.
Since then, Wolf has lifted many of the restrictions, allowing businesses to reopen and cancel a nationwide stay-at-home order.
Over the summer, his government imposed a new round of nationwide pandemic restrictions on bars, restaurants, and larger indoor gatherings in response to rising infection rates at some virus hotspots. The state has also set a meeting limit of more than 25 people for indoor events and more than 250 people for outdoor events.
A Wolf spokesman said the administration is reviewing the decision.
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