State Senator Tina Tartaglione joined colleagues in the Senate Democratic Caucus in requesting that Governor Wolf allow curbside pickup for all retailers in Pennsylvania.
In a letter dated May 19th, the Democratic Caucus members wrote that over the last 10 weeks, Pennsylvanians have heeded the calls from medical and health experts in the Wolf administration to stay home, stop the spread of COVID-19 and, thereby save countless lives. The curve is flattening and hospitals have not been overrun in Pennsylvania as they were in New York.
As people practice social distancing and frontline workers have the personal protective equipment they need, the members of the Senate Democratic Caucus believe that certain steps can now be taken to open additional sectors of the economy, in a way that is consistent with the goal of mitigation.
“One of those should be to follow the lead of our neighbors in New Jersey and allow for curbside pickup at all retail locations in the Commonwealth. This could be done consistent with all necessary health protocols as is currently the case with curbside pickup of food and alcohol.”
“As the coronavirus pandemic continues to show signs of slowing in the state, allowing retail businesses to reopen for curbside pickup would provide our communities with the chance to get back to work in a manner consistent with the primary goal of mitigating the spread of the virus,” it continued.
The Democrats in the Senate believe that “permitting curbside pickup will help get our economy moving again, without jeopardizing the progress that we have made to slow the spread of the virus.”
The letter to Governor Wolf concluded “For these reasons, we respectfully request that you issue an executive order to allow all retailers in Pennsylvania to engage in curbside pickup in accordance with necessary public health protocols.”