Construction and Other Business Activities Allowed to Resume in PA under Certain Conditions

Yesterday, Governor Thomas Wolf announced that Pennsylvania’s statewide Stay-At-Home Order would be extended through, at least, May 8th, but also that construction activities would be allowed to resume in the Commonwealth as of that date.

According to Governor Wolf, public and private residential and non-residential construction may resume statewide starting May 8th, in accordance with social distancing rules and strict safety guidance that will be issued by the Governor’s Office in the coming days.  Construction projects already deemed life-sustaining may continue while adhering to social distancing, personnel limits and other guidance as announced by the administration.

Additionally, Governor Wolf signed Senate Bill 841 that approves qualified Pennsylvania notaries public to perform remote online notarizations, which will allow auto dealerships to conduct limited car sales and leasing operations through online sales, as a notary is required to complete such transactions.  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.

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board also began accepting orders by phone for curbside pickup at 176 locations around the Commonwealth.  Phone orders can be placed between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and curbside pickups will then be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. within a few days of order placement.  There will be a limit of 6 bottles per order, and credit cards will be the only accepted form of payment.  At pickup, customers will be required to present identification before the order can be picked up.

Curbside alcohol sales will serve as a guide to the Wolf administration to determine whether certain other non-life-sustaining businesses should be allowed to resume limited operations through curbside pickup, which is currently only permitted for life-sustaining businesses that offer food and pharmaceuticals.

If you have questions about these new exceptions to the Stay At Home Order or the guidelines to conduct them safely, please feel free to contact us at contact@nochumson.com and an attorney at Nochumson P.C. will immediately reach out to you to schedule a free consultation.

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