Everything You Need to Know about “Green” Phase

Though it is the phase with the least restrictions, crucial guidelines remain in place.


As Allegheny County moves into the Green phase Friday, there are still guidelines businesses will be required to follow. 

Counties moving into this phase include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland. 

As more counties and residents enjoy loosened restrictions, Gov. Tom Wolf stresses the need to balance resuming activities with keeping case counts low by wearing a mask or choosing to stay away from crowds to reduce the likelihood of coming into contact with someone carrying COVID-19.

“If we take the simple steps of wearing a mask, staying home when sick, and implementing social distancing tactics, we can help eliminate the spread of COVID-19 and make a huge contribution to getting our commonwealth back on track,” Wolf said.

Green Phase Guidelines include:


  • Restaurants and bars limited to 50% capacity – or – 12 people per 1,000 square feet if there not a fire code number available. 
  • Bar seating only if seats are 6 feet apart or there are physical barriers between customers
  • Standing at bars is not permitted
  • Maximum of four customers with a common relationship may sit together at the bar, while maintaining social distancing
  • Learn more here 


  • Spaces limited to 50% capacity
  • The reopening of casinos will be determined by the state gaming board
  • No fans permitted at professional sporting events

Personal Care Services 

  • Limited to 50% capacity and by appointment only 


  • Returns to full capacity while continuing COVID-19 safety guidelines

Religious Services

  • While places of worship are excluded from limitations, they are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing.


  • Limited to 50% occupancy


  • Gatherings of 250 or more are not permitted 
  • Prison and hospital visitations resume to the discretion of the facility
  • Visitation restrictions will remain in place for nursing homes, personal care homes and long-term care facilities
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