Much of Southwestern Pennsylvania Moving to “Green” Phase Next Week
However, not every county in the region is included.
Gov. Tom Wolf will lift most of the pandemic restrictions in much of the Pittsburgh area effective Friday, June 5. The counties moving to the “green” phase of reopening include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.
Lawrence County moved to green this week, and Beaver County will remain in yellow for the time being.
While the “green” phase of reopening has the least restrictions, it will still not be business as usual. The order includes these highlights:
- Large gatherings of more than 250 are prohibited.
- Restaurants and bars can 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) can open at 50% occupancy. The timing of the reopening of casinos will be determined by the state gaming board.
- Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of COVID-19 safety guidelines.
- Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility.
- Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, personal care home and long-term care facilities, visitation restrictions will initially remain in place.
- Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from these limitations. These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures like masking at their gatherings.
Read more frequently asked questions and answers about businesses here.
Green Phase Dining
Retail food service businesses, including restaurants and bars, are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas, so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, including maximum occupancy limits:
- Bar seating may be utilized if customers are seated and comply with physical distancing guidelines of at least 6 feet or physical barriers between customers. Standing in a bar area will not be permitted.
- A maximum of four customers that have a common relationship may sit together at the bar, while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines or barriers between other customers.
Read more about the restaurant industry guidelines here.
“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,” Gov. Wolf said.