The Governor announced by next Friday, May 29, 8 more counties will move into the yellow phase including Dauphin, Lebanon, Franklin, Huntington, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike and Schuylkill counties.
Also on Friday, May 29, the Governor said 17 counties will move into the green phase including Bradford, Cameron, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango and Warren. This is the final phase of reopening under which there are no restrictions on which businesses can reopen but social-distancing guidelines and other safety precautions remain in place.
Counties that remain in red on May 29 and are expected to move to yellow by June 5 include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery, and Philadelphia.
“My stay-at-home order did exactly what it was intended to do. It saved lives and it bought us valuable time. Over the past 2 weeks, we have seen sustained reductions in hospitalizations and the number of covid-19 patients on ventilators shrank by about a third”, said Governor Tom Wolf.
Counties that have been in the yellow phase for the requisite 14 days have been closely monitored for the risk associated with transitioning to the green phase.
In the green phase, we will continue to take precautions, including reducing building capacity, encouraging teleworking, limiting visitation in certain high-risk environments, and preventing large entertainment gatherings.
The guidelines for moving to green are available here, and include specifics for employers, large events, and social gatherings.
12 counties entered the yellow phase today including Cumberland, Perry, Adams, York, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Juniata, Mifflin, Susquehanna, Wyoming, and Wayne counties.
Many businesses were allowed to reopen with precautions and customers are required to wear masks. However, gyms, hair and nail salons remain closed. Restaurants in the yellow phase are also still limited to curbside and takeover orders. Large gatherings of more than 25 people are also prohibited.
“We continue to increase testing every day and are continuing to build our contact tracing capacity, as well,” Gov. Wolf said. “We are able to do these things, to be successful, to reopen in this manner because of the Pennsylvanians who have made tremendous sacrifices since the virus emerged in our state,” Gov Wolf said. “Thank you.
“I want to remember and honor all of those who we lost and give solace to their family and loved ones. The last two months have been trying and they have tested each of us, and I want to thank and acknowledge all the people of our commonwealth who have been called upon to upend their lives to keep their neighbors, friends and family safe.”