Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said he will allow “limited construction” statewide beginning May 8 and will increase the number of state-run wine and spirits stores that can offer curbside pickup.
In addition, car sales also will be allowed online starting on that date, Spotlight PA is reporting.
“We are taking small steps toward regaining a degree of normalcy in Pennsylvania,” Wolf said. Monday. But he cautioned: “This is not going to be resuming operations as they were in February.”
He extended the stay-at-home order until at least May 8, but also left open the possibility of relaxing restrictions after that in some counties, where coronavirus cases are low.
“We still don’t have a vaccine, we still don’t have an antibody test, and we still don’t have a way to cure COVID-19,” he said. “Without continuing to take precautions, we will all see a resurgence of this deadly virus. So we cannot relax.”
Wolf had ordered in March that all but “life-sustaining” businesses shut down, according to Spotlight PA.
Republicans, who control both legislative chambers in Pennsylvania, have been pushing Wolf to provide specifics on a plan to permit companies to resume operations provided they adhere to recommended guidelines to prevent further spread of the virus.
Wolf said Pennsylvania needs to build up its testing capacity.
“The goal is to keep Pennsylvanians safe, but we also want to give ourselves hope,” he said.
About 2,000 people protested against Wolf’s coronavirus restrictions Monday in Harrisburg, Pa., USA Today reported.
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