On Saturday, Governor Tom Wolf’s new Covid-19 mitigation efforts took effect, some local businesses have had to make more changes to their daily operations, and others chose not to.
Those not following the orders saying it’s a matter of staying open now or closing forever.
“He says you need to shut down, but who is he to tell anybody to shut down,” says Antonio Serradella, owner of Bella Italia Pizza in Altoona.
Serradella says he resisted the last shutdown order, and he won’t be told to close his doors to all of his patrons this time either.
“It’s not a man’s world anymore, a lot of people are scared. As soon as someone says something like that, they think he’s in power, and he can do this and he can do that, he can’t do anything. He works for us,” says Serradella.
During the first day of the governor’s closures, Serradella says that his shop was so busy, they had to take their phones off the hook around dinner.
Meanwhile other businesses in the area worked to make adjustments for takeout and delivery orders only.
Otto’s Pub and Brewery in State College, says they expanded their takeout menu to accommodate customers. Happy Valley Brewing company hosted a socially distance shutdown party on Friday night before the order took effect.
Governor Tom Wolf says the restrictions come as a response to the virus quickly spreading across the state, risking the capacity of the healthcare system. Along with indoor dining, he also mandated schools go virtual, canceled K-12 sports and extracurriculars, and closed local gyms, theaters, and casinos.
“Were at very unusual time here, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. It’s not like back in March. We know more about it, we’re more prepared than ever. But this is something that we have to get through so we can get back to life as we want it to be,” says Governor Wolf.
The Governors’ mitigation efforts continue until January 4th.