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County receives “greenlight” this week

By Staff | Jun 3, 2020

This Friday, June 5, Gov. Tom Wolf will lift most of his pandemic restrictions in another 16 counties-including Lycoming- that is home to nearly 3 million people across western and central Pennsylvania, including much of the Pittsburgh area, his office said Friday.

Other counties include Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Mercer, Somerset, Washington and Westmoreland.

The green phase is so named because its has the fewest restrictions in the governor’s stoplight-colored three-phase reopening plan.

Thus far, more than 70,000 Pennsylvanians have been infected with the coronavirus, according to state Health Department figures, and more than 5,400 have died from it.

Meanwhile, more than 2.3 million people in Pennsylvania, including self-employed and gig workers, have filed for unemployment since mid-March, when Wolf’s shutdown orders began taking effect.

More retailers and other businesses can reopen, including outdoor dine-in seating service at restaurants. Gatherings are limited to 25 people.

In the green phase, overnight camps and organized youth sports can operate, while restaurants and bars, salons and barber shops, gyms, theaters, malls and casinos can all open at 50 percent capacity. Other businesses serving the public in a building or defined area can only operate at up to 75 percent capacity.

People will still be asked to wear masks in public and businesses must enforce social distancing requirements, while concerts, sporting events and other large gatherings are restricted to under 250 people.