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Lou Barletta Statement on Philadelphia's New Mask Mandate

Former mayor and congressman Lou Barletta, Republican candidate for governor of Pennsylvania, today issued the following statement regarding the City of Philadelphia's new mask mandate:

"Philadelphia has taken it upon themselves to dictate Pennsylvanian's lives by mandating businesses require masks or proof of vaccination. It is not up to the government, at any level, to decide how Americans live their lives. "We’ve seen just how devastating lockdowns and overzealous mandates have been on friends, families, and coworkers. Forcing workers to double mask or be fired is absurd.

"This decision does the exact opposite of encouraging vaccinations, and instead continues to hurt small businesses in Philadelphia which have been through absolute hell this past year due to Governor Wolf and Josh Shapiro's lockdowns. I strongly encourage Philadelphia to change course away from these draconian mandates."


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