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Coronavirus (COVID-19)


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PSATS Daily COVID-19 News

Friday, May 29, 2020

 

Pennsylvania is Growing Greener

Today, the previously announced first 18 counties move to the green phase. Later today, Governor Wolf will announce more approved to turn green next Friday, June 5. The final 10 red counties will move to yellow on Friday, June 5.  No counties are expected to move from yellow back to red at this time.  

Counties in the green phase starting today: Bradford, Cameron, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Crawford, Elk, Forest, Jefferson, Lawrence, McKean, Montour, Potter, Snyder, Sullivan, Tioga, Venango, and Warren 

Counties currently in the yellow phase: Adams, Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Butler, Cambria, Carbon, Clinton, Columbia,

Cumberland, Dauphin, Erie, Fayette, Franklin, Fulton, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Juniata, Lebanon, Luzerne, Lycoming, 

Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Northumberland, Perry, Pike, Schuylkill, Somerset, Susquehanna, Union, Washington, Wayne, 

Westmoreland, Wyoming, and York.   

Counties moving from yellow to green on June 5: Watch for PSATS alert later today! 

Counties moving from red to yellow on June 5: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lackawanna, Lancaster, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, and Philadelphia. 

What will be open in the green phase? The green phase is the new normal, and while all businesses will be able to reopen with in-person operations, they must follow the Guidance for Businesses Permitted to Operate During the COVID-19 Disaster Emergency to Ensure the Safety and Health of Employees and the Public, which is available here. Restaurants, salons, barbershops, and gyms will reopen, but with additional restrictions. Everyone will continue to be urged to follow social distancing and universal masking and large gatherings are restricted to 250.  

Click here and scroll down for details on both the green and yellow phases of the governor’s reopening plan.  

As a reminder, local governments remain exempt from the stay-at-home and business closure orders and are strongly encouraged to balance public safety with the need to maintain public infrastructure and provide critical services. This means it is the decision of each board of supervisors to determine how to hold public meetings, how services are provided to their residents, and what facilities to open or close.  

For more information on the governor’s reopening plan, which contains information on all of the phases, please click here

 


Growing Greener II - Municipal Funding?

While the federal government allocated nearly 1 billion dollars to 7 PA counties with populations over 500,000 (Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Lancaster, Montgomery, and Philadelphia), the remaining 60 counties were expected to share from the state’s 3.9 billion allocated federal dollars. Yesterday, the legislature approved (said the Governor will sign) a plan that provides 625 million dollars to the remaining 60 counties in PA. Municipalities will have to contact their county commissioners to determine if any of the Cares Act dollars will be made available to the municipal level for COVID 19 related expenses. Stay tuned for more details as they become available. 

 


PA Supreme Court Ends Judicial Emergency

Effective June 1, 2020, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court is ending the statewide judicial emergency. As part of the order, administrative orders issued by the intermediate appellate courts, as well as local emergency orders and directives, remain in full force and effect until they expire or are rescinded. The order also gives president judges the authority to extend or declare local judicial emergencies. Click here to view the order. 

 


DCNR to Open Pools, Beaches

Effective Saturday, June 6, all 58 state park beaches will be open to swimming. State park pools will remain closed until at least June 12, and most pools in yellow and green phase counties will reopen on June 13. In addition, facilities at the 18 state parks in the eight counties that moved to yellow today are now open, as well as family campground sites and park offices. 

Capacity at beaches and pools will be limited to 50 percent of the normal capacity. Mitigation measures will be in place, including restricted parking, controlled facility access, social distancing, and wearing of face masks when not in the water. 

Opening state park beaches and pools comes after Gov. Tom Wolf updated guidance last Friday allowing public bathing places and community pools to operate in both the yellow and green phases of the governor’s reopening plan. These facilities must follow CDC guidance for aquatic venues, as well as state guidance.  

For more information about state park facilities and new regulations for these facilities, click here.  

 


PennDOT Extends Expiration Dates for Driver’s Licenses

Driver’s licenses, identification cards, and learner’s permits that expire between March 16, 2020, and June 30, 2020, have been extended until June 30, 2020. Customers can complete various transactions online at www.dmv.pa.gov, including renewing driver’s licenses, photo IDs, and vehicle registration renewals, and find PennDOT centers that are open in yellow and green phase counties. 

 


More Liquor Stores Open Today

The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board has opened 60 more Fine Wine & Good Spirits stores in the counties moving to yellow today. Mitigation measures will be in place, and customers will be asked to wear masks. For more information, click here.  

 


 

*NEW* Yellow and Green Phase Guidance

Life in the Yellow Phase

Life in the Green Phase 

*The green phase is the new normal for the foreseeable future until vaccines or effective therapies or treatments are available. *

 

What restrictions are lifted in the yellow phase? 

The stay-at-home order will be lifted, childcareday camps, and community pools may reopen, but must follow state and federal guidance (note: click on each for the appropriate guidance). Click here for the state guidance for summer recreation

The number of people allowed at large gatherings increases to 25 and in-person retail will be allowed (with curbside and delivery preferred). All businesses except those specifically excluded from the orders may resume in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the commonwealth’s guidance. Professional sports may resume with a state-approved plan but without spectators.

What restrictions are lifted in the green phase? 

All businesses may resume in-person operations as long as they strictly adhere to the commonwealth’s guidance (note that the business guidance document is the same for both yellow and green zones). Businesses that were authorized to operate in the yellow phase at 50 percent occupancy may operate at up to 75 percent of the maximum occupancy in the green phase. Businesses may reopen in green that were restricted to telework in yellow but are strongly encouraged to continue to telework and stagger the return of employees to in-person operations. 

Personal care facilities, such as hair salons and barbershops, may reopen in the green phase, but must operate by appointment only and are limited to 50 percent of their maximum capacity. Indoor recreation and health and wellness facilities, such as gyms or spas, may reopen in the green phase and are strongly encouraged to operate by appointment or reservations only and must also operate at 50 percent occupancy. 

All restaurants may reopen but must follow the commonwealth guidance noted above, as well as dining guidance that provides specific details on operations. Strict physical distancing, barrier requirements and maximum occupancy rules will be in effect. Click here for the specific restaurant guidance. 

Team sports may resume and waterparks and playgrounds may reopen, however, CDC guidance should be followed. Visits to prisons and hospitals may resume at the option of the individual facilities. 

What restrictions remain in the yellow phase? 

Restaurants and bars are limited to carry-out and delivery only (but will expand to outdoor dining on June 5), while schools, indoor malls, indoor recreation, health and wellness facilities (such as gyms and spas), and entertainment facilities (movie theaters and casinos) remain closed. A detailed listing of these categories appear in the FAQ document.

Waterparks, playgrounds, and team sports are included in the list of facilities that are to remain closed. Visitors will continue to be prohibited from nursing homes and prisons. In addition, businesses are encouraged to continue telework where feasible, and all are urged to continue to practice social distancing and universal masking and to remain home whenever possible. 

What restrictions remain in the green phase? 

Everyone in the green phase is strongly encouraged to continue to practice social distancing by staying six feet apart, wearing cloth facemasks, and frequently washing hands.All businesses must follow the commonwealth’s guidanceincluding universal masking. Nursing home visitation restrictions will initially remain in place. 

 

 

As a reminder, local governments remain exempt from the stay-at-home and business closure orders and are strongly encouraged to balance public safety with the need to maintain public infrastructure and provide critical services. This means it is the decision of each board of supervisors to determine how to hold public meetings, how services are provided to their residents, and what facilities to open or close. Townships should consult the state guidance for their county’s current phase of reopening, as well as the Centers for Disease Control Guidance.


Previous COVID-19 News

May 28, 2020: 

  • Commonwealth Issues Orders for Green Phase, Provides Guidance on Dining and More
  • PA Health Continues to Report Lower Case Rates, Hospitalizations
  • Wolf Highlights PA Businesses Rising to Meet COVID-19 Needs
  • PSP Reports COVID-19 Enforcement Numbers, Crime Statistics

May 27,2020: 

  • Wolf Thanks Pennsylvanians, Approves Centre to Move to Green
  • Shapiro Urges Congress to Expand High-Speed Internet Access
  • Independent Fiscal Office Reports Revenue Estimates for State's 2020-2021 Budget
  • Labor and Industry Releases April Unemployment Numbers

May 26, 2020: 

  • Wolf Announces Red Gone by June 5
  • First Lady Announces Be Best Initiative
  • Commonwealth Releases Summer Camp and Recreation Guidance

May 22, 2020: 

  • Additional Counties Move to "Yellow," More Reopening Announcements Expected
  • PA Health Reports Lower Case Rates, Hospitalizations
  • Administration Award Grants to Food Banks
  • More PennDOT Driver's License Centers to Open in Yellow Counties
  • More Liquor Stores Reopen, LCB Provides Guidance on Act 21

May 21, 2020:

  • OOR Updates Right-to-Know Law Advisory
  • CDC Releases Updated Guidance
  • Independent Fiscal Office Releases Monthly Economic Update
  • PSP Reports COVID-19 Enforcement Numbers, Crime Statistics
  • State to Distribute $51 Million in CARES Funding to Childcare Providers
  • Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Releases Casino Reopening Protocols

May 20, 2020:

  • Pennsylvania Air National Guard Flyover Honors Health Care Workers
  • Real Estate Industry Opens Statewide
  • CDC Teams Assist with Pennsylvania COVID-19 Response
  • Department of Health Releases Nursing Home Data
  • DCNR to Reopen More State Park, Forest Facilities in Yellow Counties
  • Property Tax/Rent Rebates Arrive Early to Help Seniors

May 19, 2020:

  • Wolf Stresses Roles of PEMA, National Guard in Pandemic Response
  • Health Department Releases New Weekly Report, Distributes Medication
  • DCNR Opens ATV Trails in State Forests Today
  • Federal Funding Available for COVID-19 Testing and Treatment of Uninsured

May 18, 2020:

  • A Dozen Additional Counties Will Move to "Yellow" this Friday
  • Federal HEROES Bill Passes House, Includes Stimulus for Local Governments
  • PA Extending UC Benefits for Additional 13 Weeks
  • National Cemeteries Limit Groups for Memorial Day

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Resources

 


April 30, 2020 Town Hall

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April 2, 2020 Town Hall

March 26, 2020 Town Hall