Amended orders will move the last of the red phase commonwealth counties to the yellow phase as of Friday, as per Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine.
Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia will join the rest of the state in the yellow phase as of 12:01 a.m. on June 5.
In addition, Wolf and Levine signed off on amended green phase orders to include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland, all of which will move on from the yellow phase as of June 5.
As of Friday, 33 commonwealth counties, including Monroe and Pike, will be in the yellow phase of Wolf’s reopening plan, while 34 will be in the green phase.
Details as to when Monroe County will move to the green phase are unknown, though Levine has noted that numerous factors – including testing capacity, COVID-19 case counts, the ability to handle a resurgence, and more – are being considered when determining such matters.
Wolf’s statewide stay at home order will come to an end at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, June 4. Wolf and Levine originally issued stay at home orders to seven counties on March 23 in an attempt to curb the spread of COVID-19, later expanding the orders to encompass the entire state in April.
In the yellow phase, stay at home orders are lifted and replaced with aggressive mitigation tactics, large gatherings of 25 or more people are prohibited, in-person retail is allowable – though curbside and delivery operations are preferred, restaurants and bars may allow outdoor dining.
However, telework must continue where feasible, businesses with in-person operations must follow particular safety orders, child care may only open if it complies with guidance, congregate care and prison restrictions remain in place, schools can provide in-person instruction only in accordance with Department of Education guidance, and indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities and personal care services, in addition to all entertainment facilities, must remain closed.
In the green phase, telework will be strongly encouraged, businesses operating at 50% capacity may increase to 75% capacity, child care may be open if it complies with recommended guidance, congregate care restrictions remain in place, prison and hospital restrictions are determined by individual facilities, and schools are subject to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state government guidance.
Large gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited, restaurants and bars can only operate at 50% capacity, personal care services can open at 50% capacity by appointment only, construction activity may return to full capacity, and recreation, health and wellness facilities, personal care services and entertainment venues may open at 50% capacity.