Pike County to move into green phase on June 19

Pike County. Gov. Tom Wolf announced last week that Pike County will move into the green phase of reopening on Friday, June 19.

17 Jun 2020 | 02:23

Governor Tom Wolf on June 12 announced Pike County will be among eight counties moving into the green phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, June 19.

This also includes counties include Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, and Schuylkill.

Effective today, there are 46 counties in green and 21 in yellow.

As counties reopen, Pennsylvania continues to see a steady decline in cases, a positive indicator that its phased, measured reopening plan is working to balance public health with economic recovery.

“In Pennsylvania, not only did we flatten the curve, but we are continuing to keep case counts down even as we open our commonwealth,” Wolf said. “We will continue to take a measured, phased approach to reopening that relies on science and health experts.”

Pike County has seen 486 cases of coronavirus and 20 deaths from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting the stay-at-home and business closure orders to allow the economy to strategically reopen while continuing to prioritize public health. Some restrictions, such as mask-wearing, do remain in place.

While this phase facilitates a return to a “new normal,” Gov. Wolf said it is equally important to continue to monitor public health indicators and adjust orders and restrictions as necessary to ensure the spread of disease remains at a minimum.

Green phase: What does it mean?
Work and congregate settings restrictions
Continued telework strongly encouraged
Businesses with in-person operations must follow updated business and building safety requirements
All businesses operating at 50% occupancy in the yellow phase may increase to 75% occupancy
Child care may open complying with guidance
Congregate care restrictions in place
Prison and hospital restrictions determined by individual facilities
Schools subject to Centers for Disease Control and commonwealth guidance
Large gatherings of more than 250 prohibited
Masks are required when entering a business
Restaurants and bars open at 50% occupancy
Personal care services (including hair salons and barbershops) open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only
Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, and personal care services (such as gyms and spas) open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged
All entertainment (such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls) open at 50% occupancy
Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of protocols