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Pennsylvania Extends Stay-at-Home Order Until May 8, but Eases Some Restrictions

April 20, 2020

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board is now able to accept orders by phone for curbside pickup at 176 locations.

On April 20, Governor Tom Wolf extended Pennsylvania's stay-at-home order until May 8, 2020.

The governor indicated he would be using a region-by-region approach that is data-driven and will include strict social-distancing measures as he considers reopening parts of Pennsylvania.

However, he announced three actions that offer some flexibility to businesses, including permitting curbside pickup of orders at state liquor stores, allowing auto sales online and opening what he said were limited construction activities statewide. More specific guidelines will be released at a later date.

Vehicle Sales May Be Conducted Online 

The governor signed Senate Bill 841 that enables qualified Pennsylvania notaries to perform remote online notarizations, which will allow auto dealerships to conduct limited car sales and leasing operations online, as a notary is required to complete the transaction. 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 nonlife-sustaining and remain prohibited at this time.

Construction with Strict Guidelines Resumes May 1 

Public and private residential and nonresidential construction may resume statewide starting May 1, in accordance with safety guidance that will be issued by the administration shortly. Construction projects already deemed life-sustaining may continue while adhering to social distancing, personnel limits and other guidance as announced by the administration.  

PLCB Begins Limited Curbside Pickup 

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) is now able to accept orders by phone for curbside pickup at 176 locations. Phone orders can be placed between 9:00  a.m. and 1:00 p.m., or until reaching a store’s maximum order capacity each day. Curbside pickups will be scheduled from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. within a few days of order placement. Callers will be guided through each store’s unique inventory. There is a limit of six bottles per order, and credit cards are the only accepted form of payment. At pickup, customers will be required to present identification before the order is delivered. 

The PLCB website lists the stores offering curbside pickup. PLCB anticipates expanding the service at more locations in the future. The PLCB website, FineWineAndGoodSpirits.com, is also increasing order capacity.

The stay-at-home order would continue through May 8, but Governor Wolf said later that it was a "target date" to begin relaxing some of his executive orders that stopped much of the social and business life of the commonwealth.

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