Some Businesses Will Start To Reopen May 8 In Pennsylvania

Gov. Wolf says the reopening process will be a slow one

Andrew Limberg
April 20, 2020 - 12:45 pm
Governor Tom Wolf

Office of the Governor

HARRISBURG (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf said Monday the state is taking its first steps to return to some form of normalcy amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Wolf announced Monday that curbside pickup at Fine Wine and Good Spirits stores is now available, online car sales will be allowed to take place online and on May 8 limited construction will resume across the state with strict guidelines.

 

Vehicle Sales May Be Conducted Online 

The governor will sign Senate Bill 841 later today that approves qualified Pennsylvania notaries public to perform remote online notarizations, which will allow auto dealerships to conducted limited car sales and leasing operations through online sales, as a notary is required to complete the transaction. Auto dealerships may continue to remain open for certain activities, such as repairs to passenger and commercial vehicles and sales of auto parts, but in-person car sales or leases are still considered non-life sustaining and remain prohibited at this time.

Construction With Strict Guidelines Resumes Friday, May 8 

Public and private residential and non-residential construction may resume statewide starting Friday, May 8, in accordance with safety guidance that will be issued by the administration shortly. Construction projects already deemed life-sustaining may continue while adhering to social distancing, personnel limits and other guidance as announced by the administration.  

PLCB Begins Limited Curbside Pickup 

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) today began accepting orders by phone for curbside pickup at 176 locations. Phone orders can be placed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., or until reaching a store’s maximum order capacity each day. Curbside pickups will be scheduled from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. within a few days of order placement. Callers will be guided through each store’s unique inventory. There is a limit of six bottles per order, and credit cards are the only accepted form of payment. At pickup, customers will be required to present identification before the order is delivered. 

Wolf also extended the commonwealth’s Stay-At-Home order from April 30 to May 8.

 

“Over the past six weeks, Pennsylvanians have come together like never before to halt the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. Wolf. “It has not been easy, but it has paid off. Today, we are taking small steps toward a degree of normalcy. We are allowing curbside pickup of phone orders at PLCB stores and auto sales will be allowed to take place online. On May 8, construction will resume statewide.

“I want to caution that we will not be resuming operations as they were in February. We’re going to continue to take precautions that limit our physical contact with others, and we will closely monitor this to see if it can be done safely.”

Wolf says that without wide-spread testing, a vaccine, antibody or other therapies, social distancing and other forms of mitigation will continue.

Person-to-person interaction will continue to be discouraged.

Wolf also will expand online businesses on Monday, including notaries so auto sales can take place.

The reopening will happen “region by region” and with a  “business by business” approach.

Limitations on large gatherings will remain in place throughout the reopening process that Governor Wolf laid out of Friday.

Wolf adds they are looking at other businesses that may be able to open with limited capacity as the May 8 date approaches. 

As of midnight on Monday there were 948 new cases of COVID-19 in Pennsylvania (267 less than Sunday) for a total of 33,232.

1,204 people have died since the coronavirus outbreak came to Pennsylvania.

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