HARRISBURG (WSIL) — Despite legal issues surrounding the extended stay-at-home order, the city of Harrisburg will hold a meeting Tuesday morning to discuss opening up businesses.
Harrisburg Mayor John McPeek understands the urgency for businesses to open back up.
“Going another 30 days is really going to devastate a lot of people. They’re hurting already, and I know that 30 days not being open is really going to affect their livelihoods,” he said.
He will get input from ten business owners during Tuesday morning’s city council meeting.
“We’re going to ask them to write a letter, to the city council, to the city of Harrisburg, and then we will give those to our state representatives and our senator and have him give them to the governor’s office so that we can get these people back open down here,” he said.
One business owner says he’d be glad to see other stores reopen.
“I don’t-I don’t get the difference really between some of them. I’m sure there is, but some of them I just don’t get. You know, Walmart is full of people. A lot of these places, they can have one person at a time…and take care of that,” said Sloan Street Market owner Brett Allen.
One local resident who is also a nurse says reopening would be good if it doesn’t put people at risk.
“If there’s a way to gradually reopen things without causing any harm to anyone, I think it’s worth looking into,” said Harrisburg resident Zena Wells.
Until everything is sorted out, Mayor McPeek says business owners shouldn’t go against the governor’s orders.
“They could take action against them and take their license away from them, and I do not want that at all because these businesses are important to Harrisburg,” he said.
The meeting is set for 8 a.m. Tuesday.