On April 22, Governor Tom Wolf outlined a three-phase plan for reopening Pennsylvania companies, following a color-coded system: Purple, Yellow and Inexperienced. Because the COVID-19 risk continues to gradual, every county has been shifting step by step by means of the phases. Based on the Commonwealth, the phases are designed to lower the continued unfold of COVID-19 whereas enjoyable restrictions and selling the resumption of enterprise exercise.
Following is a short description of every section.
All Pennsylvania counties started within the Purple Part, which is targeted on minimizing the unfold of COVID-19. Through the Purple Part, solely “life sustaining” companies might stay open, stay-at-home orders had been in place, giant gatherings had been prohibited, eating places and bars had been restricted to carry-out solely, and journey was restricted to life-sustaining functions solely. As of June 5, all Pennsylvania counties have moved out of the Purple Part.
With every county’s transition to the Yellow Part, some restrictions on enterprise have eased, whereas others have stayed in place. The Yellow Part concurrently focuses on powering up the economic system and watching public well being knowledge to make sure COVID-19 stays contained. For instance, in the course of the Yellow Part, childcare facilities and retail companies with in-person operations could open however should comply with Enterprise and Constructing Security Orders. Sure companies akin to private care companies and well being and wellness amenities, nonetheless, should stay closed. If a county within the Yellow Part has not seen an elevated danger of COVID-19 for 14 consecutive days, it could transfer to the Inexperienced Part. At the moment there are 33 counties within the Yellow Part, together with Philadelphia and its surrounding suburbs.1
As soon as a county transitions to the Inexperienced Part, the stay-at-home and enterprise closure orders are lifted. The Inexperienced Part is designed to facilitate a “new regular” whereas making certain COVID-19 unfold stays at a minimal. People are strongly inspired to proceed telework if possible, and companies with in-person operations are permitted to open at restricted capability as long as they comply with Enterprise and Constructing Security Orders. Eating places and bars, indoor recreation, well being and wellness amenities, private care companies and leisure venues could open at 50 % capability. Through the Inexperienced Part, building exercise could return to full capability. At the moment there are 34 counties within the Inexperienced Part.2
SAFER AT HOME PLAN
On June 5, 2020, Philadelphia County transitioned from the Purple to the Yellow Part. After experiencing greater than 23,000 confirmed instances of COVID-19, Philadelphia is starting to see a gradual decline in new instances. The Philadelphia Division of Public Well being however recommends that people proceed to put on masks/face coverings, restrict gatherings and make money working from home as a lot as doable. In an effort to help a secure reopening of the Philadelphia economic system, the Metropolis of Philadelphia has developed a Safer at Residence Plan, which gives industry- and activity-specific steerage on reopening.
The Plan permits the next actions to renew within the Yellow Part, topic to continued precautions associated to social distancing:
Stroll-up ordering at eating places, meals vans and cell meals distributors; these institutions can not permit traces of greater than 10 prospects
Outside eating could resume on June 12 for companies which can be presently licensed for it
Retail companies (with some restrictions)
Outside youth day camps and recreation
Car gross sales
Actual property actions
Nonetheless, the next enterprise should stay closed: indoor recreation; well being and wellness amenities; private care companies (i.e., gyms, spas, hair salons, nail salons and therapeutic massage remedy suppliers); and leisure (i.e., casinos and theaters). Earlier than a enterprise formally reopens, it must have a plan in place to guard its staff and prospects from COVID-19 publicity. If your corporation wants help to develop a reopening plan, contact a labor and employment lawyer.
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