Pennsylvania’s economic pulse may be slowly regaining strength amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Across the commonwealth, businesses are being allowed to reopen as long as some common-sense safety rules are followed, such as social distancing and the wearing of masks.
For companies in the healthcare industry, the reopening process has been especially careful, as keeping people safe and healthy is central to their core mission.
Capital BlueCross, for instance, recently reopened its Capital Blue health and wellness center at 4500 Marketplace Way in Enola after weeks of careful deliberation about the best way to ensure the safety of both patrons and employees.
“Member health is always important to us, so we are taking a measured approach to reopening,” said David Skerpon, senior vice president of Enterprise Marketing at Capital BlueCross. “We are listening to the science, and we are sticking to the social distancing guidelines to help limit the spread of the coronavirus. We want to reopen, but we want to reopen in the safest way possible.”
The center is now open for in-person service by appointment only, which helps ensure the number of people in the facility at any one time can be carefully controlled. Transparent partitions also have been installed to allow for face-to-face meetings with limited contact. Appointments are available to all members of the community—not just Capital BlueCross members—for consultations on health coaching, personal training, healthcare coverage and more.
The Capital Blue health and wellness center opted to hold off on resuming its popular, on-site fitness classes, and instead will continue offering virtual fitness classes. (Class schedules and registration forms are available at CapitalBluestore.com.)
Business reopenings come as Gov. Tom Wolf, in consultation with the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA), rolled out a cautious, three-phase plan to reopen the economy. Under that plan, every one of Pennsylvania’s 67 counties has now moved from the more restrictive red and yellow phases to the least restrictive green phase, which allows for larger gatherings of people, but also requires mask wearing and sets occupancy limits.