Pennsylvania dealerships will be allowed to sell vehicles online, Gov. Tom Wolf said Monday, a move that loosens a sales ban that had been in place for a month to slow COVID-19 transmission.
Wolf on Monday signed state Senate Bill 841, allowing remote online notarizations. A notary public is necessary to close a vehicle purchase in Pennsylvania. In-person sales or lease transactions are still prohibited, though parts and service operations can continue.
“Over the past six weeks, Pennsylvanians have come together like never before to halt the spread of COVID-19,” Wolf said in a news release. “It has not been easy, but it has paid off. Today, we are taking small steps toward a degree of normalcy.”
Normalcy, however, will not resemble business as usual before the coronavirus outbreak reached the U.S., Wolf’s office said. Restrictions will be reinstated if the state experiences increased COVID-19 caseloads.
Pennsylvania is among the top ten U.S. states for new-vehicle sales, with 2019…