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Group of PA lawmakers pushes for restrictions to be lifted before Memorial Day Weekend

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Settlers Hospitality CEO Justin Genzlinger is anticipating another busy Memorial Day weekend at Lake Wallenpaupack.

“We are fairly sold out in the way of hotel rooms and I think that’s pretty much the trend," said Genzlinger.

He oversees multiple businesses around the Lake, including the Dock at Wallenpaupack.

“It’s one of the busiest weekends of the year," said Genzlinger.

On Memorial Day many COVID restrictions will be lifted, except for the mask order.

However, a group of bipartisan state lawmakers said they should be lifted sooner.

“I think it just makes sense," said State Senator David Argall (R)

Republican State Senator David Argall's signature is among many of his colleagues' on a letter written to Governor Wolf, urging him to lift the restrictions prior to Memorial Day weekend.

By doing this, the group said businesses would be able to earn more and get much needed revenue.

“There’s no science, there’s no data that says that those three days will be any healthier if we stay under restrictions than if we open," said Senator Argall.

We reached out to the Wolf administration regarding this proposal. They responded with this statement:

“We will continue to monitor vaccination rates and evaluate dates accordingly. If lawmakers are interested in pushing these measures up even further, they should help by encouraging all Pennsylvanians who are eligible to get vaccinated to do so to help protect themselves and their communities.”

As for Genzlinger, he said lifting them ahead of time would be helpful.

"The three days, it’s helpful, but it’s not the end of the world, we’ll do whatever we need to do," he said.

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Senator Argall said the Wolf administration has not responded directly to them regarding the letter.

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