May. 22, 2020

Lawmaker feels the county should have moved to ‘yellow’ weeks ago

TAMAQUA, Schuylkill County – Rep. Jerry Knowles (R-Berks/Carbon/Schuylkill) issued the following statement regarding Gov. Tom Wolf’s plan to move Schuylkill County to the “yellow” phase of reopening the state starting May 29.

“The governor has finally realized what the Schuylkill County COVID-19 task force, including representatives from the health care community, knew weeks ago – that Schuylkill County should have been placed in the ‘yellow’ phase of his reopening plan.

“This is a positive for my Schuylkill County constituents; however, because the governor has unfairly refused to trust our residents to abide by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), many, many people are unable to provide for their families because they are out of work. My heart goes out to those people across our region who are not working and haven’t received a penny of unemployment compensation because of a system that doesn’t perform properly. I will be continuing to work hard for all residents of my district, including people in Berks (still in the “red” phase) and Carbon counties to restore Pennsylvania’s economy.

“I hope that the governor will allow more businesses to reopen if they adhere to guidelines set by the CDC. He needs to trust our citizens to make good decisions when it comes to health and safety. Our economy must be restored, which is essential to our citizens’ welfare.

“As I have heard from the business community on numerous occasions, Schuylkill County has flattened the curve; now we must flatten the fear.

“In addition, I’m looking forward to working with Berks County officials to move these fine residents from ‘red’ to ‘yellow,’ getting them one step closer to ‘green,’ where residents will be permitted to return to some aspects of a normal lifestyle.”

Representative Jerry Knowles
124th District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives