Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike and Schuylkill counties are moving from yellow to green under the state’s phased reopening system.
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s governor will loosen restrictions Friday on eight more counties as the state continues to reopen from three months of lockdown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf will announce that Dauphin, Franklin, Huntingdon, Luzerne, Monroe, Perry, Pike and Schuylkill counties are moving from yellow to green under the state’s phased reopening system, The Associated Press has learned.
The new designation, which will take effect in one week, allows gyms, barbers and theaters to reopen. Bars and restaurants may allow indoor dining, at half their normal capacity.
Gatherings of up to 250 people are permitted in green zones.
State lawmakers, split largely along party lines, voted this week in the Republican-majority Legislature for a resolution to end the governor’s shutdown, and Senate Republicans promptly filed an action in Commonwealth Court seeking to compel Wolf to follow it. That matter is pending. On Friday, the court ordered the parties to file briefs over the coming two weeks.
By next Friday, 54 of 67 counties will have been designated green. Remaining in the more restrictive yellow phase are Philadelphia and southeastern counties, where the coronavirus has had the worst impact; parts of the Poconos region, Lehigh Valley and northeastern Pennsylvania; and Erie, Lebanon and Lancaster counties.
A dozen more counties joined the green designation on Friday, after Wolf announced their status change a week ago. They are Adams, Beaver, Carbon, Columbia, Cumberland, Juniata, Mifflin, Northumberland, Union, Wayne, Wyoming and York.
Pennsylvania has reported 6,113 total virus deaths, and more than 77,000 people have been infected.