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Pennsylvania car dealers get limited opening for sales during coronavirus restrictions

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People who have been shut out the past month from buying a car will be able to now that Gov. Tom Wolf has lifted some restrictions on dealerships.

“We’ve got permission for online sales, but the showroom still will be locked down. We’re not allowed to have people coming in (the showroom) and kicking the tires,” said Jeff Smail, general manager of the family-owned Smail Automotive Group on Route 30, east of Greensburg. Showroom visits are by appointment only, Smail noted.

Wolf signed an order Monday permitting the electronic notarization of documents needed for closing real estate property sales and for buying a vehicle. Dealerships had been closed for sales since mid-March, when the governor

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Coronavirus

Updated 11:00 a.m. May 12, 2020

In response to COVID-19, PennDOT has implemented a variety of operational changes. Details about those changes can be found below, along with frequently asked questions on each change.

Download a summary of PennDOT’s COVID-19 response (PDF).

For full information on Pennsylvania’s response to COVID-19, visit the
Department of Health’s coronavirus resource page.

Driver and Vehicle Services

Starting May 8, 2020, some Driver License Centers and Photo License Centers in yellow phase counties will reopen, adhering to restrictions on work and social interaction set by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Health. We are also offering designated hours for customers 60 and older. See the FAQ’s below for more information on open locations, available services and safety protocols.

As PennDOT reopens Driver License and Photo License Centers, services will be in high demand, and customers should expect longer than normal waits. PennDOT staff

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Coronavirus in Pennsylvania

The Latest Guidance

Pennsylvania counties in the red phase are under a Stay at Home Order through June 4. Beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 15, 13 counties will move from red to yellow, including: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.

24 counties are currently in yellow and include: Bradford,
Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie,
Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour,
Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and
Warren.

Pennsylvania is utilizing a three-phase matrix to determine when
counties and/or regions are ready to begin easing some restrictions on
work, congregate settings, and social interactions. View Governor’s Wolf’s phased reopening plan for Pennsylvania. View the testing and contact tracing plans.
Stay home as much as possible. Try to get groceries once per week instead of daily. Freedom of travel remains, but please
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The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Forcing Cities To Rethink Public Transportation

As parts of Europe and the United States begin to lift coronavirus lockdown restrictions and allow people to go shopping, visit relatives and return to work, public officials are facing a new conundrum: How can people travel safely in crowded cities?

Italy is poised to serve as a major test case. On Sunday, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced that many restrictions on daily life will be eased starting next Monday, but he warned that people would still need to avoid large gatherings, maintain social distancing and wear masks in certain circumstances.

“If we do not respect the precautions, the curve will go up, the deaths will increase and we will have irreversible damage to our economy,” Conte said in a televised address to the nation. “If you love Italy, keep your distance.”

People walk to the San Giovanni metro station in Rome on April 24 during a three-hour testing period of new measures designed



People walk to the San Giovanni metro station in Rome on April

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Coronavirus: Shelter in place speeds up several major Bay Area transportation projects

Nearly everyone in the Bay Area is sticking close to home during the coronavirus shelter in place, which has left the region’s roadways unusually empty and sped up typically congested commutes for the relatively few people still on the road.

Caltrans is also taking advantage of the empty lanes, accelerating everything from guardrail installation and pothole plugging to big projects that typically tie up traffic for weeks or months. BART, which is stopping its trains hours early each night, is also taking advantage of the shelter-in-place slowdown by speeding up work to revitalize the region’s rail system.

The goal for these agencies is to get construction work done before the Bay Area reopens and congestion starts to return.

“This is getting a lot of talk in Caltrans and BART and other agencies as well,” said Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. “They want to get as much work

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Coronavirus: Morgan Hill bicycle company sources and donates masks to healthcare workers

MORGAN HILL, Calif. (KGO) — Face masks are hard to come by, even for health care workers. So, Morgan Hill-based bike company, Specialized, has been using its worldwide contacts, calling in favors, and spending millions of dollars to get face masks to medical workers.

Specialized CEO Mike Sinyard told me healthcare workers are the heroes of this pandemic.

He knows he is fortunate to have the wherewithal to secure so many masks, but encourages all of us to lend a helping hand to healthcare workers.

“How could you help them?” he asks. “Can you help them by preparing food, can you help them by taking care of their kids, because the kids will be home. Everything helps.”

Mask shipments have begun arriving at the company’s Morgan Hill headquarters, and among the first to get masks are local hospitals, including Watsonville Community Hospital.

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Coronavirus in India: Bitten by COVID-19, passenger vehicle sales plunge 51% in March

The industry is engaged in a dialogue with the Government of India on policy measures which could minimise the impact of COVID-19 on the Indian economy and especially the domestic automobile industry.

Passenger vehicle sales in India declined by 51 per cent in March, hit by the 21-day nationwide lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As per the data released by Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), passenger vehicle sales last month dropped to 143,014 units as compared with 291,861 units in March 2019, a decline of 51 per cent.

Similarly, commercial vehicles sales last month saw a massive dip of 88.95 per cent at 13,027 units as against 109,022 units in March 2019.

 

Two-wheeler sales saw a decline of 39.83 per cent at 866,849 units in March compared to 14,40,593 units in March 2019.

Total sales across categories declined by 44.95 per cent last month to 1,050,367 units as

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Iron Horse Bicycle Classic postponed because of coronavirus

Memorial Day weekend in Durango is synonymous with the Iron Horse Bicycle Classic. It’s the symbolic start of summer tourism season, as thousands of cyclists line up in a 47-mile road race from Durango to Silverton to try to beat a locomotive from the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad.

It’s been that way for 48 years, but not this year.

As the new coronavirus pandemic has continued to bring the world to a halt in all walks of life, the famed cycling event wasn’t spared. In uncertain times with no clear picture of when the COVID-19 outbreak will slow down or be controlled, the IHBC was forced to announce a postponement Thursday in an email to all registered riders.

“We just want everyone to understand this is based on obvious safety concerns. We don’t want to be part of the problem,” said IHBC Race Director Gaige Sippy. “We hope

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Coronavirus: Doctor finds bicycle stolen after night shift

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Dan Harvey discovered his bicycle had been stolen after a shift treating coronavirus patients

A hospital consultant treating patients with coronavirus says he has been overwhelmed with offers to replace his stolen bicycle.

Dan Harvey noticed his transport home was missing when he finished a nine-hour night shift on an intensive care unit in Nottingham.

It had been locked in a staff area of the Queen’s Medical Centre.

After sharing details of the theft on social media, Mr Harvey had dozens of offers to replace the bicycle.

Mr Harvey, 44, said he finished his shift at 02:00 GMT on Thursday and soon realised the bicycle he used for commuting had been taken.

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It had been secured with a combination padlock in a bicycle park that required a hospital staff ID to access.

“There were many bikes

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