Bucks County will be moving to the green phase of Governor Tom Wolf’s reopen plan on Friday, June 26. The Governor’s Office made the official announcement Friday afternoon.
Moving into the green phase means all businesses can reopen. But some restrictions remain in place.
Most businesses can reopen with 75 percent occupancy capacity. However, several types of business must operate at 50 percent occupancy.
These more limited businesses include:
- Restaurants and bars,
- Personal Care Services (barbershops and hair salons)
- Indoor Recreation/ Health and Wellness Facilities (gyms and spas)
- Entertainment (casinos, theaters, shopping malls)
All construction can resume at full capacity as long as workers follow safety protocols.
Masks are still required for anyone entering a business. Additionally, the green phase allows for social gatherings of up to 250 people.
“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,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “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.”
Only one county in Pennsylvania will remain in the yellow phase
Eleven other counties will also move into the green on June 26. The only exception is Lebanon County.
The Lebanon County Commissioners voted in late May to reopen in defiance of the governor’s administration. Now, state officials are citing an “uptick in cases” as the reason Lebanon must stay in the yellow phase.
Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine called the Lebanon Commissioner’s decision to reopen “partisan” and “politically driven.”
“Case counts have escalated and the county is not yet ready to be reopened. Lebanon County has hindered its progress by reopening too early. Because of this irresponsible decision, Lebanon County residents are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.”
According to the state’s own metrics, Lebanon County has counted a total of 1,226 cases of coronavirus. It has less cases per capita than most other counties moving into the green phase.
Lebanon has about 867 cases per 100,000 residents. For comparison, Delaware has 1,240 per 100,000 and Philadelphia has 1,288 per 100,000. Delaware and Philadelphia are moving into the green phase.