York, Cumberland counties to move to green phase next week

Gov. Tom Wolf announced on Friday that 12 more counties will be moving to the green phase on June 12 as part of the state’s phased reopening plan.

The counties that will be joining the state’s 34 current green-phase counties next week include: Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York.

People in green counties can host gatherings of less than 250 people, businesses such as restaurants and personal care services may open at 50% capacity and construction activity may return to full capacity.

Businesses can also operate at 75% occupancy, but are encouraged to continue teleworking when possible.

“In the green phase, people still need to take precautions like wearing a mask to make sure we have no new outbreaks,” Wolf said during a press conference on Friday. “While we reopened Pennsylvania with everyone moving to at least yellow, we’ve still seen decline in new infections.”

State Rep. Carol Hill-Evans, D-York, thanked Wolf in a statement after he announced York’s inclusion to the green phase.

“I am happy to see our county strategically reopening when it is safe for public health, although there is still much more left to be done,” Hill-Evans said. “This is not a full return to business as usual, and we must remain diligent in our social distancing while we start to reopen businesses and lift the stay-at-home order.”

As of Friday, June 5, the state had 74,385 positive cases of COVID-19.

All of the state’s counties have transitioned out of the red phase and are either in the green or yellow phases.

Counties that moved to the green phase on Friday included: Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.

Counties that moved to the yellow phase on Friday included: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia.

Ioannis Pashakis
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