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For Immediate Release
April 23, 2020

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PA Chamber Applauds Decision to Allow Construction Projects to Proceed

HARRISBURG - PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement following an announcement by Gov. Tom Wolf that construction work in the Commonwealth will be permitted to resume on Friday, May 1.


“The governor’s decision to open public and private construction work throughout the Commonwealth is a positive step towards restarting the state’s economy.  We appreciate the delicate balance our elected officials must take in protecting public health, while at the same time preventing a complete economic shutdown.  However, in order to keep Pennsylvania on a competitive footing with other states, we have pushed for allowing businesses and industries that are safely able to continue operations to be permitted to do so.  Throughout the pandemic, most states have exempted construction work from business closure orders.  We are pleased that the Commonwealth will soon join those ranks.


“We recognize the work of House Speaker Mike Turzai, whose legislation House Bill 2400 raised this issue, other legislators and the Governor for working together to find common ground and a way to move forward.  We hope this spirit of bipartisanship and working together continues as the state begins the process of reopening businesses and right-sizing our economy.”


The Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry is the state's largest broad-based business association, with its statewide membership comprising businesses of all sizes and across all industry sectors. The PA Chamber is The Statewide Voice of BusinessTM.