As Allegheny County moved into the ‘yellow phase’ of reopening on May 15, county leaders say people are using caution.
“I will tell you on the first Monday since we’ve been opened, I was pleasantly surprised at how light the traffic was this morning and how few people you see walking the streets at lunch hour,” said Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald.“There’s barely any people out which is very strange for a Monday, especially a beautiful Monday like this,” said Liz Tuttle.
Tuttle works out of the Gateway Center and said even though it’s strange, it’s not surprising.
“I’m sure people are trying to be as safe as they can,” said Tuttle. “I’m sure people want to be back to work and doing their jobs but I’m sure they want to keep their distance still.”
“I think people are taking this slowly, not just necessarily that the government, the state allowed red to yellow, I think people on their own are acting very cautiously to see where things go,” said Fitzgerald.
But it’s not all good for business owners. Richard Parsakian owns Eons Fashion Antique in Shadyside and reopened over the weekend.
“Very quiet,” he said. “I only had a couple people come in the store.”