HARRISBURG – State Senator Doug Mastriano (R-33) announced this week he is introducing legislation that would reopen Pennsylvania automobile dealerships, as part of COVID-19 mitigation efforts.
The measure would require the secretary of the Dept. of Community & Economic Development to issue a business waiver to the Governor’s Business Closure Order for all vehicle dealerships.
As part of the waiver process, the businesses must adhere to social distancing practices and other mitigation protocol defined by the Centers for Disease Control.
State Senator Pat Stefano (R-32) is partnering with Mastriano in introducing the legislation.
“The Governor’s initial decision to grant waivers to some businesses, and then decide to revoke these same waivers later, exemplifies the fact that this entire waiver process is flawed, with no transparency or accountability,” said Mastriano. “Inconsistency has reigned.”
“Automotive dealerships provide an essential, live-sustaining service for statewide residents,” said Mastriano.
Pennsylvania’s medical workers, first responders and other essential personnel must have access to a functioning vehicle during the pandemic, added Mastriano.
Other states have successfully implemented safety restrictions that limited the spread of the coronavirus, while simultaneously allowing auto dealerships to continue operations.
Safety precautions in the legislation include requiring essential employees to wear protective clothing and equipment during their shifts. Masks and gloves would be necessary.
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