Governor Wolf announced this afternoon that both residential and commercial construction will be permitted to reopen on May 8th under additional strict requirements. Projects will have to commit to continue social distancing in addition to adhere to strict guidelines, which the administration will be releasing shortly.
The Governor was clear that his new guidelines will not permit projects to resume operations as they were in February – but do represent a step toward reopening construction projects.
“Over the past six weeks, Pennsylvanians have come together like never before to halt the spread of COVID-19,” said Gov. 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.”
“I want to caution that we will not be resuming operations as they were in February. We’re going to continue to take precautions that limit our physical contact with others, and we will closely monitor this to see if it can be done safely.”
These limited steps forward will be closely observed in the coming days and weeks to ensure that they do not result in a rapid increase in COVID-19 cases, in which case the governor will use his authority under the emergency disaster declaration to resume restrictions to protect public health and safety.
GBCA will continue to monitor the situation and send updates as more information becomes available.