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Stay-at-home order expires Thursday; half of state in green phase on Friday

Gov. Tom Wolf’s stay-at-home order will expire at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Wolf said at Wednesday’s press conference.

By Friday, the last remaining 10 red-phase counties — Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Northampton, Montgomery and Philadelphia — will move to phase yellow in the Wolf administration’s three-phase approach to restarting Pennsylvania’s in-person operations.

Also on Friday, 16 counties will move to green — Allegheny, Armstrong, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Clinton, Fayette, Fulton, Greene, Indiana, Lycoming, Mercer, Somerset, Washington, and Westmoreland — making 34 of the state’s 67 counties in the green phase by the end of the week.

The counties of Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Lebanon, Luzerne, Monroe, Pike, and Schuylkill will be in the yellow phase on Friday.

“As phased reopening continues and all 67 counties are either in the yellow or green phase by Friday, we will no longer have a stay-at-home order in effect,” Wolf said on Wednesday. “I remind Pennsylvanians that yellow means caution and even in the green phase everyone needs to take precautions to keep themselves and their communities healthy.”

Wolf on Wednesday renewed the state’s 90-day emergency disaster declaration, which was set to expire on Thursday and was originally signed at the beginning of March following the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the commonwealth. The emergency declaration provides access to increased support to agencies involved in the ongoing response to the public health crisis and recovery for the state during reopening, Wolf said.

“Pennsylvanians have done a tremendous job flattening the curve and case numbers continue to decrease,” Gov. Wolf said. “Renewing the disaster declaration helps state agencies with resources and supports as we continue mitigation and recovery.”

Justin Henry is the regional reporter for the Central Penn Business Journal and the Lehigh Valley Business. He can be reached at jhenry@bridgetowermedia.com.

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