Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 emergency declaration formally ends

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf’s administration has certified the results of the May primary election, bringing a formal end to the disaster emergency declaration that the Democrat first issued at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tuesday’s certification formalizes the results of the May 18 primary election. That’s when voters approved Republican-backed constitutional amendments giving lawmakers broad new power over extending and ending disaster emergency declarations.

The Republican-controlled Legislature voted last week to end the disaster emergency declaration. But it also extended hundreds of regulatory waivers that Wolf’s administration approved under the authority of the declaration.

The bill allows the waivers to last through Sept. 30, unless Wolf’s administration ends them sooner.