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24 counties move to yellow phase Friday, more likely to be announced; stay-at-home order extended


Friday, 24 Pennsylvania counties move from the red to the yellow phase as the state starts to move toward reopening as the fight against the coronavirus continues.

There’s a chance more counties will start to reopen soon; the governor’s office will make an announcement Friday of additional counties moving to the yellow phase, at a to-be-determined date.

However, for the counties still in the red phase, the stay-at-home order has been extended until June 4 by Gov. Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Rachel Levine. The April 1 statewide stay-at-home order was set to expire tonight at midnight.

The extended stay-at-home order remains the same as the original statewide order.

The yellow phase order provides guidance for those counties entering that phase of reopening Friday. The yellow phase order applies to these 24 counties: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Montour, Northumberland, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Union, Venango and Warren.

The yellow phase order also addresses the limited reopening of businesses in the yellow phase, detailing those businesses previously deemed non-life-sustaining as being permitted to reopen if they follow the guidance for safety for staff, customers, and facility. The guidance for businesses can be found here.

FAQs for businesses in each phase can be found here.

CDC guidance on child care that reopens under the yellow phase is here.