Northwest and North Central Pennsylvania will be the first regions in the Commonwealth to be ending Stay at Home orders and move into the Yellow Phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to cautiously reopen Pennsylvania. While in the Yellow Phase, Stay at Home orders are lifted, but people who can work from home are urged to continue doing so, childcare facilities may reopen, but schools must remain closed, restaurants and bars are still limited to takeout and delivery orders with no indoor or outdoor seating for customers; gyms, salons, and theaters are to remain closed. Individuals are still expected to wear masks inside stores and other places with a posted notice and practice social distancing. Yellow Phase begins at midnight on Friday May 8th in the following counties: 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.
In anticipation of things returning to a more normal state local Hospitals have reopened their outpatient surgery centers. Butler Health Systems which includes Clarion Hospital will be reopening their facilities today and Meadville Medical Center began performing select surgeries on April 29th. Both organizations are following strict guidelines for testing and PPE of all their surgical employees.
All driver’s licenses, State ID’s, car registrations, inspections, and other permits and licenses that expire between March 16th and May 30th have been extended to June 30th.