PA Governor Amends Stay-At-Home Order
Governor Wolf issued an Amendment to his Stay-At-Home Order to permit 24 counties to move from the Red Phase into the Yellow Phase. In addition, the Stay-At-Home Order has been extended until June 4th for counties that are in the Red Phase. Governor Wolf also issued a Yellow Phase Order which provides details about businesses that can operate in the Counties that are in the Yellow Phase.
The Yellow Phase Order continues the prohibition on dine-in facilities throughout the Commonwealth while still allowing carry-out, delivery and drive through food and beverage service. In Yellow Counties, Businesses that have been conducting operations remotely can continue to do so and cannot commence in-person business operations for those employees or business functions. The following businesses can conduct in-person operations: non-life sustaining businesses that are not conducive to working remotely; businesses that received exemptions; businesses that were permitted to operate by subsequent order including the construction industry, vehicle dealerships and the real estate industry. All businesses operating in Yellow Counties must continue to practice social distancing, comply with industry specific guidance and comply with the following: the Order of the Secretary of Health providing for building safety measures, issued April 5, 2020; the Order of the Secretary of Health providing for business safety measures (to keep employees and customers safe), issued April 15, 2020; and any future applicable Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
The following business are still not permitted to operate anywhere in the Commonwealth: indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities and personal care services (such as gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and massage therapy providers), and all entertainment (such as casinos, theaters). In addition, large gatherings of more than 25 people are prohibited in Yellow Counties.
The Governor is expected to make further announcements of additional counties that will move from the Red Phase into the Yellow Phase and when that will take effect.
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