Today, 18 of Pennsylvania’s Counties are the first to move into the new Green Phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s plan to reopen the commonwealth. Locally Clarion, Crawford, Forest, Warren, and Venango Counties are in the open, but restricted Green Phase. Gatherings of more than 250 people are restricted during this time with an exception for houses of worship. Hair salons, spas, barber shops, and other personal care facilities may open for business, but must work by appointment only. Indoor dining at restaurants is allowed once more, but are restricted to only 50% of their legal occupancy. Masks by the way, still required in retailers and grocers, and restaurant guests are expected to wear masks while entering and exiting the facility. All counties currently in the red phase should be shifting to yellow on June 5th. You can see the Governor Tom Wolf’s Signed order here.
PA Green Phase
- Suspends all previous stay-at-home orders and replaces them with the new green phase order for these counties, effective at 12:01 a.m., Friday, May 29: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, and Warren.
- The order includes provisions for businesses that were permitted to conduct in-person operations in the yellow phase, those permitted to operate with some restrictions on in-person operations and those that were not permitted any in-person operations under the yellow phase.
- The order also includes guidance on occupancy limits and health and safety orders that business must adhere to under the green phase.
- Specifics are included on those areas that have raised questions from business owners and residents, including:
- Personal care services, including hair salons and barber shops must operate by appointment only; appointments or reservations are also strongly encouraged for gyms or spas.
- Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing, or theater performance.
- Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations established by the order. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as masking at their gatherings.
- Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Visitors who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene. Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, nursing home visitation restrictions will initially remain in place.