Petrarca announces passage of bill to reopen local lawn and garden centers

VANDERGRIFT, April 30 – A bill passed by the House today would allow local lawn and garden centers to reopen through a waiver to the governor’s business closure order, state Rep. Joseph Petrarca, D-Westmoreland/Armstrong/Indiana, announced.

Petrarca said he voted for H.B. 2429 to help local garden centers and lawn stores compete against big-box stores and support the local community.

“I know our local lawn and garden businesses have been hurting since the pandemic began, and the business closure affecting them couldn’t have come at a worse time, with prime gardening season approaching,” said Petrarca. “What made it worse was having big box stores open for business selling lawn and garden items. This bill would provide a safe way for them to operate, stimulate our local economy and allow more of our residents to get back to work.”

Petrarca added that the legislation would require lawn and garden centers to implement safeguards, including social distancing requirements, providing workers with personal protective equipment and other related safety measures, and mandate regular cleaning of facilities.

The measure now heads to the state Senate for consideration.