Heading to a state park this Memorial Day weekend? Prepare for the Crowd | Five for the weekend
Good weekend to all.
Hi people. This is Capital-Star Editor John L. Micek, once again seated for Cassie Miller, who always enjoys a well-deserved leave.
Another Memorial Day weekend is upon us. And with more and more Pennsylvanians fully vaccinated against COVID-19, it’s a safe bet we’ll all see each other a lot more over this long holiday weekend.
And if you’re heading to one of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests for a bit of outdoor relaxation (they were a popular destination during the pandemic), then prepare for a crowd, officials from the State. Department of Conservation and Natural Resources said this week.
Visitors to the park and the forest have yet to follow Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention masking guidelines for outdoor activities. Which means if you’re fully immunized, you don’t need to wear a mask outside or practice social distancing, the agency said in a statement. If you are still not vaccinated, the mask remains in place and you should continue to practice social distancing. These rules remain in effect until June 28., or until 70% of adult Pennsylvanians are fully immunized – whichever comes first.
“The parks and forests of the State of Pennsylvania are a great way to enjoy nature and break your usual routine with outdoor activities,” DCNR Secretary Cindy Adams Dunn said in a statement. “We ask visitors to the park to adhere to the guidelines as Memorial Day weekend approaches and throughout the summer months when we expect large numbers of visitors.”
In case you were wondering, “Overnight accommodations such as camping and Memorial Day weekend cabins are close to capacity.” Reservations can be made 11 months in advance, and the state park reservation system will provide information on availability, ”the agency said.
And until Monday, participation in outdoor programs is capped at 40 people, including park staff. As of June 1, there will be no attendance limit for outdoor programming. Participation limits for indoor programs will be capped at 50%, the agency said
For more information on state parks and state forests, you can visit the DCNR website.
As always, your Top 5 most read stories of the week starts below. Have a safe and healthy holiday weekend, and we’ll see you all again next week.
1. Even with Wolf’s disaster powers cut off, Pa’s mask tenure remains. Why?
Pennsylvanians may have voted to restrict Governor Tom Wolf’s emergency powers this week, but that won’t impact the most visible sign of the COVID-19 pandemic on the lives of citizens: masks.
Under current health orders, unvaccinated people should wear masks when indoors and outdoors if they are unable to maintain social distancing.
In accordance with updated federal guidelines, the state recently lifted these rules for those vaccinated. Under the new orders, those vaccinated should only wear masks in certain crowded settings.
As conservative anger focused on the declaration of emergency, the Department of Health still has the power to “implement appropriate control measures” of infectious diseases under the Control and Prevention Act 1955. diseases.
2. Pa. House Passes Fetal Remains Bill with Bipartisan Support (Editor’s note: This story was first published in 2019, but surfaced during debates over rights to abortion at Pa. House this week).
The Pennsylvania House of Representatives has approved legislation requiring hospitals to bury or cremate fetal remains after miscarriage or death, unless the patient requests to manage their disposal on their own.
Every Republican backed the bill, along with a handful of Democrats, which passed 123-76.
The bill was sponsored by Rep. Frank Ryan, R-Lebanon, whose wife miscarried in the late 1970s. Speaking in the House, Ryan said he never had had the chance to request the leftovers before the hospital disposed of them, which triggered the bill.
A note for the bill also adds that the proposal is “substantially similar to Indiana law that was recently declared constitutional by the United States Supreme Court.”
The bill’s passage follows a Senate committee calling for a ban on abortion if Down’s syndrome is diagnosed in utero earlier today Monday.
3. The group led by ‘kraken’ attorney Sidney Powell hired the AZ election reporting firm to investigate the election in Fulton Co.
A nonprofit run by former Trump campaign lawyer Sidney Powell, which filed a series of lawsuits last year to try to overturn presidential election results in Arizona and other states , hired the company, which now has 2.1 million Maricopa County ballots, to conduct an election audit in rural Pennsylvania, according to documents obtained by the Arizona Mirror, a sister site of the Pennsylvania Capital-Star .
Wake Technology Services, Inc., co-founder Gene Kern and Fulton County Chief Electoral Officer, IT director and a three-person Electoral Board member signed a document on Dec. 31 stating that Kern was asking to check the voting machines and county mail. – in the ballots for the general election.
At the bottom of the typewritten document are handwritten notes indicating that Pennsylvania State Senator Doug Mastriano organized the audit and that Wake TSI is under contract with Defending the Republic, the 501 (c) nonprofit. (4) by Powell. County Clerk Lisa Mellott-McConahy identified the handwriting as belonging to Kern.
Defending the Republic “was created to defend and protect the integrity of elections in the United States,” according to the group’s website. The group has been involved in a series of lawsuits brought by Powell in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin to quash those states’ votes for Biden.
4. Pennsylvania Rep. Perry is the only Republican in Keystone State to vote against the bill protecting Asian Americans from hate crime
U.S. Republican Scott Perry, the Republican from central Pennsylvania who opposed the November 2020 election results and remains a close ally of President Donald Trump, was the only member of the state’s GOP congressional delegation of Keystone to vote against a bill addressing the explosion of hate crimes against Asian Americans.
Perry, whose 10th congressional district seat spans the greater Harrisburg area, was one of 62 Republicans to vote against the bill, according to CNN.
President Joe Biden signed the bipartisan measure on Thursday, saying “all this hatred is in plain sight. Too often it encounters silence – the silence of the media, the silence of our politics and the silence of our history.
During testimony before a US House committee in March, experts said attacks against Asian Americans had increased by nearly 150% over the past year, the report said. New York Times. Many attacks targeted women and the elderly, the newspaper reported.
5. The struggle for critical race theory lands in Harrisburg; House GOP Bill Would Punish Districts That Teach It | Thursday morning coffee
The national struggle to teach “ critical race theory ” has landed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, throwing another log on a culture war blaze that has already seen the Republican-controlled house advance bills limiting abortion rights and expanding gun rights, although some legislators seek to prohibit young transgender athletes from participating in sports that match their gender.
Representatives Russ Diamond, R-Lebanon, and Barbara Gleim, R-Cumberland (the main sponsor of this transgender athlete bill), started looking for co-sponsors for their proposal at “[curtail] the divisive nature of concepts more commonly known as “critical race theory,” “May 21, stating that” teaching our children that they are inferior or inherently evil on the basis of immutable characteristics such as race and gender can be extremely detrimental to their mental well-being. “
Only a year ago, the Struggle for Critical Race Theory, which researchers see as a belated attempt to educate public school students about how racial disparities are embedded in American history and society. , became the last black beast from the right, conservatives arguing that teachers are trying to inject race into what should be a color blind system, the Washington Post reported on May 3.
Diamond and Gleim’s ‘Dear Colleague‘note echoes this claim, stating that’ our schools should teach that every individual is equal before the law and that no individual should ever be labeled superior or inferior simply because of their race or genetic makeup, nor be held accountable for actions taken by others with similar traits. “
And this is the week. Enjoy the weekend. See you all here next weekend.