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Majority of Southwestern Pa. counties moving to yellow phase of reopening plan on May 15

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Governor Tom Wolf has announced an additional 13 counties will move to the yellow phase of the state's reopening plan beginning Friday, May 15, meaning the the stay-at-home order will be replaced by aggressive mitigation. (Photo courtesy: Pennsylvania Governor's Office)

PITTSBURGH -- Governor Tom Wolf has announced an additional 13 counties will move to the yellow phase of the state's reopening plan beginning Friday, May 15, meaning the the stay-at-home order will be replaced by aggressive mitigation.

The counties Wolf announced Friday afternoon include the majority of Southwestern Pennsylvania, including: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Beaver County will remain in the red phase, according to the announcement.

Under the yellow phase, closures of schools, gyms and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.

"Yellow means caution," Gov. Wolf Tweeted.
"More businesses can reopen, but proper safety measures must be in place.

According to the Office of the Governor's website, these are the procedures for counties in the yellow phase:

As regions or counties move into the yellow phase, some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease while others, such as closures of schools, gyms, and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons, as well as limitations around large gatherings, remain in place.

For example, retail locations will be able to open with forthcoming guidance in place that is substantially similar to the worker safety and building safety order. Otherwise retail will be able to allow for curbside pickup.

The purpose of this phase is to begin to power back up the economy while keeping a close eye on the public health data to ensure the spread of disease remains contained to the greatest extent possible.


Yellow Phase - Work & Congregate Setting Restrictions

  • Telework Must Continue Where Feasible
  • Businesses with In-Person Operations Must Follow Business and Building Safety Orders
  • Child Care Open Complying with Guidance
  • Congregate Care and Prison Restrictions in Place
  • Schools Remain Closed for In-Person Instruction


Social Restrictions

  • Stay at Home Order Lifted for Aggressive Mitigation
  • Large Gatherings of More Than 25 Prohibited
  • In-Person Retail Allowable, Curbside and Delivery Preferable
  • Indoor Recreation, Health and Wellness Facilities and Personal Care Services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and other entities that provide massage therapy), and all Entertainment (such as casinos, theaters) Remain Closed
  • Restaurants and Bars Limited to Carry-Out and Delivery Only
  • All businesses must follow CDC and DOH guidance for social distancing and cleaning
  • Monitor public health indicators, adjust orders and restrictions as necessary


"I know Pennsylvanians across our great commonwealth will continue to be mindful how their actions affect themselves and their families, friends, and neighbors," Wolf said.
"I am so proud of your dedication to the well-being of others.
"As we look ahead, know that I am continuously working with experts and looking at the latest data to make decisions. As much as possible, I want things to get things back to normal for all of you. But we can’t make rash decisions that puts the health of Pennsylvanians at risk."

For the latest news and information related to COVID-19 in Pennsylvania, stay up-to-date with the Pennsylvania Department of Health online.


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