Pennsylvania COVID-19 restrictions unconstitutional -judge

Pennsylvania Democratic Governor Tom Wolf’s orders to control the coronavirus outbreak - including closing non-essential businesses and requiring people to stay home - are unconstitutional.

That's the decision of a federal judge - appointed by U.S. President Donald Trump – in a lawsuit brought by business owners and Republican politicians.

Trump celebrated the ruling Monday night with a flurry of retweets over the decision and expressed hopes judges in Michigan and North Carolina will do the same.

The judge said while Wolf's restrictions - including limiting crowd sizes - were executed with good intentions, they were arbitrary and violated individual rights.

The lawsuit was filed in May as protesters in places such as Doylestown, Pennsylvania took to the streets demanding an end to the shutdown.

Since then, some of the limits have been lifted but not all, such as restrictions on gatherings and on bars and restaurants.

A spokesperson told Reuters the Wolf administration was reviewing the ruling.

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TOM WOLF: But the fight is not yet over.

- Pennsylvania's Democratic governor Tom Wolf's orders to control the coronavirus outbreak, including closing non-essential businesses and requiring people to stay home, are unconstitutional. That's the decision of a federal judge appointed by US President Donald Trump in a lawsuit brought by business owners and Republican politicians. Trump celebrated the ruling Monday night with a flurry of retweets over the decision and expressed hopes judges in Michigan and North Carolina will do the same.

The judge said while Wolf's restrictions, including limiting crowd sizes, were executed with good intentions, they were arbitrary and violated individual rights. The lawsuit was filed in May as protesters in places such as Doylestown, Pennsylvania took to the streets demanding an end to the shutdown. Since then, some of the limits have been lifted but not all, such as restrictions on gatherings and on bars and restaurants. A spokesperson for the Wolf administration told Reuters they are reviewing the ruling.

TOM WOLF: In the middle of a war--