Report: Westmoreland Among Counties Going Into Green Phase

By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - According to reports, Westmoreland and other counties in Southwestern Pennsylvania will move into the green phase June 5.

The Tribune Review reports that local source say Governor Tom Wolf will announce the move to green Friday afternoon.

Even in the green phase, there will still be some coronavirus restrictions.

  • Tele-work still encouraged and masks recommended.
  • Restaurants and bars can reopen at 50 percent occupancy
  • Salons and barbershops can reopen at 50 percent capacity with customer appointments
  • Gyms, casinos, theaters and malls can all reopen at 50 percent capacity

The number of COVID-19 cases has remained steady in the Southwestern PA region over the last two weeks while in the yellow phase. On Friday, Allegheny County reported no COVID deaths for the 4th time this week. Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said the steadiness in the virus numbers has held true even with expanded testing.

Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine released additional guidance earlier this week for green zones.

  • The order includes provisions for businesses that were permitted conduct in-person operations in the yellow phase, those permitted to operate with some restrictions on in-person operations and those that were not permitted any in-person operations under the yellow phase.
  • The order also includes guidance on occupancy limits and health and safety orders that business must adhere to under the green phase.
  • Specifics are included on those areas that have raised questions from business owners and residents, including:
    • Personal care services, including hair salons and barber shops must operate by appointment only; appointments or reservations are also strongly encouraged for gyms or spas.
    • Any gathering for a planned or spontaneous event of greater than 250 individuals is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, a concert, festival, fair, conference, sporting event, movie showing, or theater performance.
    • Churches, synagogues, temples, mosques and other places of congregate worship are specifically excluded from the limitations established by the order.  These institutions are strongly encouraged to enforce social distancing and other mitigation measures such as masking at their gatherings.  
    • Visitation to prisons and hospitals may resume subject to the discretion of the facility. Visitors who interact with residents and patients must be diligent regarding hygiene. Given the critical importance of limiting COVID-19 exposure in nursing homes, nursing home visitation restrictions will initially remain in place.   

Green Phase Dining

Retail food service businesses, including restaurants, and bars located in counties designated as being in the green phase are permitted to provide take-out and delivery sales, as well as dine-in service in both indoor and outdoor seating areas, so long as they strictly adhere to the requirements of the guidance, including maximum occupancy limits: 

  • Bar seating may be utilized if customers are seated and comply with physical distancing guideline of at least 6 feet or physical barriers between customers. Standing in a bar area will not be permitted.  
  • A maximum of four customers that have a common relationship may sit together at the bar, while adhering to the physical distancing guidelines or barriers etween other customers.

Earlier this week it was announced that restaurants and bars in the yellow phase could resume outdoor dining beginning on June 5.

Beginning on June 6 all 58 state park beaches will open for swimming with State Park pools in green and yellow zones reopening on June 13.

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