Daily coronavirus case counts drops, Gov Wolf says he will begin to reopen some business in the state May 8

Written by on April 21, 2020

Daily coronavirus case counts drops, Gov Wolf says he will begin to reopen some business in the state May 8

By Tyler Pratt

April 21, 2020

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has extended the state’s stay at home order to May 8. But with a recent drop in daily coronavirus case counts, WLVR’s Tyler Pratt reports the governor says he will begin to reopen some businesses in the state. 

“First we’re allowing curbside pickup at the wine and spirit stores and because of Senate Bill 841 auto sales will now be allowed to take place online,” said Wolf.

The bill will also extend property tax deadlines, and allows remote public meetings and notarization of documents online.

The new opening for curbside liquor pick up is only available at a portion of the statewide stores. This includes nine in Lehigh And Northampton counties. Wolf said if the rollout goes smoothly then he will consider increasing the stores and possibly to other industries as well down the line. 

On May 8, Wolf also says he says he will allow limited construction projects to resume as well with strict guidelines for social distancing.

The governor’s announcement inside the state capitol came as hundreds gathered outside to protest his stay-at-home order, which is part of a nationwide anti-quarantine movement.

Wolf says the state will see a resurgence of the virus if residents do not stay home. 

“This is not going to be a resuming of operations as they were in February. We still do not have any antibody test and we still don’t have a way to cure COVID-19,” said Wolf.

On Monday, Decomcratic governor Wolf also vetoed a bill put forth by house Republicans that would have allowed more businesses to reopen despite public health objections.


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