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Business owners praise judge's ruling on Wolf's COVID-19 shutdown

September 14, 2020 Digital Media Exclusive

Lee McDonald, owner, of R.W. McDonald & Sons, said he was pleased with a judge's ruling finding Gov. Tom Wolf's shutdowns during the coronavirus pandemic unconstitutional.

Local businesses that took a stand against Gov. Tom Wolf's actions during the coronavirus pandemic by participating in a county-led lawsuit against him are thrilled that U.S. District Judge William Stickman IV ruled in their favor.

“I am absolutely thrilled,” said Lee McDonald, owner and president of R.W. McDonald and Sons in Center Township. “I'm ecstatic with what came down because it is fair and just.”

McDonald said it was unfair that big box stores were allowed to sell appliances and other items while he was not, even though the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended allowing stores such as McDonald's to remain open.

“It was really difficult,” he said. “The CDC said we are essential, but the governor said we weren't.”

Read more in Tuesday's Butler Eagle.