PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Gov. Tom Wolf announced the phased color-coded plan that will be used to reopen the state region by region.
It’s broken down into three phases: red, yellow and green.
Right now, all of Pennsylvania is listed as red. Moving to yellow would mean some restrictions would be lifted, like the stay-at-home orders.
And green would mean businesses could reopen while following CDC and state health department guidelines.
Tonight, I’m announcing our plan to slowly reopen Pennsylvania.
We will use a measured, scientific approach. We will not just be flipping a switch to go from closed to open.
And, ultimately, #COVID19 will set the timeline.
There will be three phases: red, yellow, and green. pic.twitter.com/NahiYrKovo
— Governor Tom Wolf (@GovernorTomWolf) April 22, 2020
The governor’s plan for opening Pa. details specifically what is and isn’t allowed in each of the three phases. For example, in the yellow phase in-person retail is available, with delivery and curbside preferred.
Most stores on Pittsburgh’s South Side have been closed for at least a month, as the city works to slow the spread of COVID-19. With a sagging economy, Governor Tom Wolf announced May 8 as a target to start reopening the Commonwealth.
“They need to come up with a fair balance for the economy and the health of the people, because both are important. Health is really important,” said Stacy Rodgers from the North Hills.
Several factors will be determined when moving a county or region from one phase to another, including the number of COVID-19 cases in a two-week period.