Lehigh Valley returning to business as counties go green next Friday

After being shut down since mid-March the Lehigh Valley is finally going green in the state’s COVID-19 pandemic reopening plan.

Governor Wolf announced today that 12 more counties will be going green on June 26.

These counties include Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Erie, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Philadelphia and Susquehanna.

Wolf said that leaves only Lebannon County, which he said has seen an uptick in cases after reopening against state orders in late May.

“When these 12 counties move on June 26, we will have nearly every county in green,” Gov. Wolf said. “It’s a testament to the many residents and businesses that have sacrificed over the past three months to stay home and adhere to the guidance the state has provided to protect lives and livelihoods. As we begin to reopen, I urge everyone to stay alert and continue to follow social distancing to maintain the momentum of mitigation we have in place.”

The green phase eases most restrictions by lifting business closure orders.

In the Green phase:

Restaurants and bars can open at 50% Occupancy

Hair salons and barbershops, can open at 50% occupancy but must be operated at by appointment only.

Indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities, and personal care services, such as gyms and spas, can open at 50% occupancy. Setting appointments is strongly encouraged.

All entertainment venues such as casinos, theaters, and shopping malls will be able to open at 50% occupancy.

Construction activity may return to full capacity with continued implementation of protocols.

Writer Stacy Wescoe has her finger on the pulse of the business community in the Greater Lehigh Valley and keeps you up-to-date with technology and trends, plus what coworkers and competitors are talking about around the water cooler — and on social media. She can be reached at swescoe@bridgetowermedia.com or 610-807-9619, ext. 4104. Follow her on Twitter and on Facebook.

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