In the letter, lawmakers argue allowing retail to reopen for curbside pickup is a necessary step needed to “open additional sectors of the economy in a way that is consistent with the goal of mitigation.”

“We already allow it for groceries, restaurants and alcohol, and it has been done in a way that does not disrupt our mitigation protocol. We should do it for retail as well,” state Sen. Steve Santarsiero, D-10, of Lower Makefield, said during a news conference Tuesday afternoon.

Legislators pointed to neighboring New Jersey, where Gov. Phil Murphy began loosening regulations Monday to allow nonessential retail to open for online phone ordering and curbside pickup.

State Reps. Tina Davis and John Galloway said in a joint news release that the collective sacrifice made to protect vulnerable populations during the pandemic has led to “grave economic insecurities and hardship for many in Bucks County.”

“It’s time to get our economy moving again,” said Rep. John Galloway, D-140, of Falls. “Our small businesses can have curbside pickup while using the tools and practices that will protect the public health.”

In a separate letter to Harrisburg, state Sen. Maria Collett, D-12, of Lower Gwynedd, requested Wolf and state Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin increase financial support to Bucks and Montgomery counties.

Collett argues that Bucks and Montgomery have been the hardest hit counties by the virus, but haven’t received the “proportionate support from the administration.”

Only 19 Bucks and three Montgomery businesses have received loans from the state’s COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program, while counties with smaller populations like Luzerne, Crawford and Cumberland have received 27, 18 and 52, respectively, Collett said.

“These two counties account for approximately 17% of Pennsylvania’s General Fund revenues,” she said in a statement. “It is unacceptable that their businesses have received less than 4% of its COVID relief loans.”

Collett called on Wolf to invest more state dollars in in Bucks and Montgomery businesses.

“As I have done in past conversations and correspondence, I urge you to swiftly develop a plan to prioritize funding and loan opportunities to help sustain businesses with an eye towards whether they … are in the hardest hit regions, … have suffered actual losses, and … have not received assistance yet,” she said.

On Tuesday, Wolf vetoed three bills intended to reopen some businesses or allow local officials the ability to decide when their counties could reopen.

One of those bills, sponsored by state Rep. Todd Polinchock, R-144, of Warrington, would have automatically granted waivers to real-estate related activities, allowing home sales and showings to take place in-person, with safety procedures to prevent spread of the virus.

Instead, Wolf announced guidelines Tuesday for how the real estate industry can reopen in parts of the state where nonessential businesses are still prohibited, including Bucks and Montgomery.