Social distancing restrictions will ease for 24 northwest and northcentral counties on May 8 as the Wolf administration begins a geographically-segmented reopening process based on rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases, state officials announced Friday.
The first counties to begin gradually reopening businesses will be Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango, and Warren. Gov. Tom Wolf said they were chosen because they saw the lowest incidence of coronavirus.
State officials said some restrictions on work and social interaction will ease in these counties, while others, such as closures of schools, gyms and other indoor recreation centers, hair and nail salons and limitations around large gatherings will remain in place. Specific guidance for businesses permitted to reopen on May 8 in these 24 counties will be announced Monday, Wolf said.
“Over the past two months, Pennsylvanians in every corner of our commonwealth have acted collectively to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Gov. Wolf said. “We have seen our new case numbers stabilize statewide and while we still have areas where outbreaks are occurring, we also have many areas that have few or no new cases.”