SW PA is moving to GREEN

Opening up to Green is a really good step, and it will help PA business survive. On a down note, nothing about the green phase sounds like we are going to have a real in person meeting anytime soon. My guess is August but things can change quickly.


Pittsburgh, Western PA Moving To Green Reopening Phase

Eric Heyl
,Patch•May 29, 2020

PITTSBURGH, PA — All of southwestern Pennsylvania except Beaver County will transition to the state’s green reopening phase beginning June 5, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday.
Many restrictions related to the coronavirus outbreak are being lifted in Allegheny, Butler, Washington, Westmoreland, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer and Somerset Counties.

Most of those counties have been in the yellow reopening phases since May 15. Beaver County went yellow on May 22.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald was pleased about the green designation, but warned at a news conference after Wolf’s announcement that coronavirus flareups still could occur in the region.

“We still have to be very vigilant,” he said. “I know we’re a social community in southwestern Pennsylvania (but) I would urge people that if they do get together do it in small groups – and wear that mask.”

This article originally appeared on the Pittsburgh Patch

What To Expect In Western PA’s Green Reopening Phase

Western Pennsylvania is about to move from the yellow to the green reopening phase. Here’s what that means.
By Eric Heyl, Patch Staff
Updated May 29, 2020 2:16 pm ET

Expect many changes in the green phase.

PITTSBURGH, PA — Sixteen more counties are going to the green phase of the state’s reopening plan next week, among them every western Pennsylvania county save for Beaver, Gov. Tom Wolf announced Friday.

While going green further loosens the restrictions that have been in place during the coronavirus outbreak, it still does not signal a return to life as it was before the pandemic. Here are the answers to some questions you might have regarding what the green phase will be like:

Can you finally get a haircut?

Yes. But hair salons and barber shops must operate by appointment only.

Can you finally go the the gym or spa?

Yes, but reservations are strongly encouraged.

Can you go to your local tavern?

Yes, but you must observe social distancing and stay at least six feet from anyone else seated at the bar, unless the tavern has physical barriers in place between customers.
Standing in a bar area is not permitted. A maximum of four customers that have a common relationship can sit together at the bar while maintaining social distancing from other customers.

Can you have a meal in a restaurant?

Yes. Restaurants can reopen their interiors to diners but must keep tables at least six feet apart.

Can you see your favorite band at PPG Paints Arena?

No. any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of more than 250 people is prohibited. That includes concerts, festivals, fairs, conferences, sporting events, movies and theatrical performances.

Can you go to a Pirates game at PNC Park?

No. While professional sports can resume while observing mandated guidelines, fans will not be permitted into venues.

Can you resume going to a church, synagogue, temple or mosque?

Yes, but places of congregate worship are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures, such as requiring masks, at their gatherings.

Can you visit a friend or relative in the hospital?

Can you visit a family member in a nursing home?

Not immediately. Because of the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, visitation restrictions initially will remain in place.

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