As if tensions were not bad enough, some residents of the state of Pennsylvania just got some disturbing news from one of Governor Tom Wolf’s latest briefings. When it appears that even neighboring states are easing their restrictions, the state of Pennsylvania goes and does the opposite. Governor Tom Wolf announced that his Stay-At-Home order will be extended, and continue on through June 4th. Don’t get too annoyed yet, it’s actually not the entire state, it’s select counties where the Chinese coronavirus statistics are still reporting badly. There are some counties that are actually beginning the reopening process, according to the guidelines set in place. Presently, there are actually 24 counties that are in the process of reopening: 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. Another 13 counties will join that list beginning May 15th.
The extended order keeps restrictions against all non-life-sustaining businesses and personal activity. Those restrictions have been active since late March due to the Coronavirus pandemic.
The state’s northwest and north-central region entered the yellow phase of Tom Wolf’s plan Friday, becoming the first to begin exiting the lock-down. Counties that move into the yellow phase will be allowed to engage in more activities than the rest of the state – but some restrictions will still apply.
The eased restrictions make it possible for some non-life-sustaining businesses to reopen, as long as they follow the strict safety orders designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In-person retail sales are permitted, but curbside pickup and delivery options are preferred.
Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities must remain closed, along with entertainment venues. Bars and restaurants are still restricted to takeout and delivery options, and gatherings of 25 people or more are still prohibited.