When Gov. Wolf announced his plans to reopen the state as COVID-19 numbers improved, he did so with a targeted plan. As coronavirus infection rates increased, he acted again with a new target, the state’s restaurant industry. The new restrictions limit seating to 25% capacity, half of what was initially allowed as well as other restrictions being put into place. The House Majority Policy Committee is hosting a public hearing today to discuss how COVID-19 mitigation efforts are impacting restaurants, bars and taverns across the state as lawmakers work toward a path to economic recovery. The hearing was prompted by Wolf’s latest order. Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine and the Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcement declined to participate in the meeting, though written testimony is expected from Levine. The public hearing will begin at 10AM and will be live streamed at www.PAHouseGOP.com/Policy.
State Police are investigating a break-in that occurred yesterday in Huntingdon County. Officers responded to a report of a burglary that took place on Water Street in the Cassville Borough around 5:30PM. Medications, antiques, pocket watches, and money were taken from the home. Anyone with information is asked to please contact the Huntingdon State Police at 814-627-3161.
Two bridge preservation projects in Juniata County will begin this week. Work to replace a bridge near Port Royal is set to begin tomorrow (Wednesday, July 29th). The bridge spans Markee Creek on Route 35 in Beale Township. Roadway and shoulder repairs on the bridge spanning Schweyer Run in Mifflintown will begin Thursday (July 30th). Route 35 will be closed between Creamery Lane and Cedar Street. Motorists will follow a detour using Route 22/322 to the Port Royal exit, Route 75 and William Penn Highway (Route 3002).
PennDOT is seeking motorists’ input on traffic safety and driving behaviors through its annual online Highway Safety Survey. The survey is available on their website through August 17 and should take about five minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous. More than 10,000 people responded to last year’s survey. The results help gauge drivers’ attitudes on highway safety and potentially allow PennDOT to adjust safety protocols to further reduce crashes. Take the Highway Safety Survey now at www.PennDOT.gov/Safety.