PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Gov. Tom Wolf “anticipates” moving southeastern Pennsylvania counties that are currently in the “red” phase of his reopening plan — including the greater Philadelphia area — to the “yellow” phase on June 5, he announced on Friday.
Other counties will move from “red” to “yellow” first, beginning May 29: Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill. Wolf said he “anticipates” the Philadelphia area to follow the week after.
Twelve counties, mainly in western Pennsylvania, just officially moved from “red” to “yellow” on Friday, joining 37 others.
Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine said 17 counties that have been in the “yellow” will also move to “green” on May 29: Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren.
Some social interactions are eased under the “yellow” designation, while restrictions on large gatherings and some businesses — schools, gyms, barbershops, nail salons, movie theaters — remain in place.
Tonight, I’m announcing our plan to slowly reopen Pennsylvania.
We will use a measured, scientific approach. We will not just be flipping a switch to go from closed to open.
And, ultimately, #COVID19 will set the timeline.
There will be three phases: red, yellow, and green. pic.twitter.com/NahiYrKovo
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 22, 2020
The stay-at-home order is lifted in the “yellow” phase, but strict social distancing rules must continue to be followed.
Gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited.
Some in-person retail businesses can open, though state officials say delivery or curbside options are still preferred.
Restaurants and bars are still limited to takeout and delivery service, though Wolf just signed a bill permitting licensed restaurants and bars to sell to-go cocktails.
“I trust that Pennsylvanians will continue to do what they need to do to keep themselves and others from getting sick,” Wolf tweeted. “As a commonwealth, we continue to increase testing every day and are building out contact tracing capacity, as well.”
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