UPDATE: Governor Wolf announces small steps toward normalcy in Pennsylvania


UPDATE: Governor Tom Wolf signed Senate Bill 841 Monday afternoon. The bill provides flexibility on property tax deadlines, allows remote public meetings and notarization of documents so online vehicle sales can resume.

The bill does the following:

  • Reauthorizes the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council and requires it to study the impact of COVID-19 on hospitals and health systems.
  • Allows local governments to conduct remote public meetings.
  • Provides property tax relief by allowing taxing districts to waive late fees and penalties for property taxes paid by December 31, 2020.
  • Allows school districts to renegotiate contracts with service providers to ensure payment of personnel and fixed costs during the school closure.
  • Allows remote notarization of documents.

HARRISBURG, DAUPHIN COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) Monday, Governor Tom Wolf announced that the state is taking small steps toward re-opening certain businesses in Pennsylvania.

Wolf announced Pennsylvania will allow online car sales, which will be enabled by the signing of SB 841 and on May 8th, limited construction will resume with strict guidelines. He also touted the curbside pickup of phone orders at select Wine and Spirits Stores.

The governor is expected to sign SB 841 today that will authorize qualified PA notaries public to perform online notarizations. This will allow car dealerships to also perform limited online sales. Dealerships may remain open for activities such as repairs and auto parts sales, but in-person car sales or leases are considered non-essential and are still prohibited.

“Over the past six weeks, Pennsylvanians have come together like never before to halt the spread of COVID-19,” said Governor 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.”

These limited steps will be monitored in the coming weeks to make sure there is not a sudden increase in COVID-19 cases. If that does happen, Governor Wolf will use his power under the emergency disaster declaration to resume restrictions to protect public health and safety.

Public and private residential and non-residential construction may resume statewide starting Friday, May 8th under state safety guidelines. Those guidelines have yet to be disclosed, but are expected to be released “shortly.”

The statewide ‘Stay at Home’ order, at this point, will continue through May 8th.

We will have more on Governor Wolf’s measures tonight on late editions of Eyewitness News.

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