On September 22, 2020, Judge Stickman of the Western District of Pennsylvania denied Governor Wolf’s motion to stay finding that the Governor had failed to show “imminent and irreparable harm will occur” if the state can’t limit event crowds to 25 people inside and 250 people outside.

Stickman said that state officials failed to explain why they have allowed commercial businesses to operate at a percentage of their capacity — meaning hundreds of shoppers inside a large store, for example — while capping numerical attendance at social, political, cultural and other gatherings.