Governor Wolf Announces Easing of COVID-19 Restrictions
On April 20, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced the signing of SB841 which serves to ease the restrictions enacted due to COVID-19. The legislation provides for the restart of construction projects statewide starting Friday, May 8, curbside pickup of wine and spirits at select Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board locations, and the online sale of vehicles.
Prior to the enactment of SB841, non-emergency business and residential construction projects were ceased by prior order of the Administration. On May 8th all private and public construction projects may resume with restrictions in place to protect public health and safety.
The enactment of SB841 has caused the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to start accepting orders by telephone for curbside pickup at 176 locations. The Administration plans to monitor the curbside pickup process to determine if it can be applied to other non-life sustaining businesses.
As for online vehicle sales, SB841 provides for remote online notarizations which is necessary for nline sales to occur. The Governor’s Office has provided more guidance on the process here.
Governor Wolf cautioned against a complete removal of restrictions and stated that his Administration will continue to monitor the situation to guard against a resurgence in COVID-19 cases. However, this is an encouraging sign that we may be starting down the path to a return of normalcy.
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