Longietti urges Wolf to reopen Mercer County

HARRISBURG, May 26 – State Rep. Mark Longietti is calling on Gov. Tom Wolf to add Mercer to the list of counties moving to the “green” phase of the state’s reopen plan on May 29.

In a letter co-signed by several other Mercer County lawmakers, Longietti urged Wolf to amend his May 22 order, which authorized 17 western Pennsylvania counties to move to the green phase but excluded Mercer County.

“Mercer County residents have been patient,” Longietti said. “We have followed safety protocol and flattened the curve, and the data supports that. Now, we’re ready and waiting to reopen. Our small businesses are ready. Our residents are ready. Our entire community is ready and able to open in a safe, responsible manner so that we can recharge our local economy.

“Continuing the restrictions on Mercer County is senseless; our metrics are in line with the criteria to move and with data from many surrounding counties. And if Mercer County remains in the yellow, our residents will only start crossing county lines, taking business away from our own local mom and pop stores. 

“Our message to the governor is clear: It’s Mercer County’s turn to open. We are ready and waiting. And it’s time for the governor to go ahead and make that happen.”