Thursday, 13 August 2020 22:43

Analysis Shows PA Has 2nd-Most Coronavirus Restrictions Among U.S. States

Written by Dave Lemery, The Center Square


For several months, a debate has raged in Pennsylvania between Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf and the Republican majorities in the state Legislature over whether the administration’s coronavirus restrictions are appropriate or too restrictive.

Lawmakers passed a number of bills in recent months seeking to overturn some of the measures imposed by Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine, only to see Wolf veto most of those bills. With Republicans lacking the support needed to overturn a veto, the restrictions have remained for as long as the administration deemed them necessary.


Now, a new analysis by the financial services website WalletHub that ranks the states by their COVID-19 restrictions has placed Pennsylvania firmly near the top. The Keystone State landed at No. 2, second only to California in the number of constraints imposed on the population.


WalletHub has been compiling state rankings for restrictions since May, and Pennsylvania has tended to be one of the most restrictive states in each iteration. But this week’s update saw the state’s highest placement yet.


The rankings were compiled using 19 metrics, including face mask requirements, travel restrictions, the pace of business and school reopenings and more.


WalletHub talked to a number of outside experts about best practices for reopening the economy, including Vlad Tarko, a professor at the University of Arizona’s Department of Political Economy and Moral Science.

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