Reopening Phases & Stages

DOH encourages use of COVID Alert PA app to fight COVID-19

The PA Department of Health (DOH) is encouraging Pennsylvanians to add their smart phone to the fight against COVID-19 by downloading the free COVID Alert PA app. As cases of COVID-19 increase rapidly across the region, this is another tool that can help keep you, your family, those we serve and those who serve beside you healthy.The app relies on users opting in to tell DOH how they feel. If a user reports any symptoms of the virus the app will provide information as to what to do next. Users also can opt in to receive alerts if they have had a potential exposure to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 and will be given advice on what to do next. The app is meant to support and augment traditional methods of contact tracing critical to containing the spread of infection. For those concerned about privacy, the app does not use GPS, location services or any movement or geographical information. It does not collect, transmit or store your personal information and is completely anonymous. The app works by detecting if users are in close contact with another app user using Bluetooth Low Energy technology. More information about the app is available on the DOH website.

How to download the COVID Alert PA app

Android users

  • Download the app from the Google Play Store
  • The app runs on phones running Android 6.0 or higher

iPhone users

  • Download the app from the Apple App Store
  • The app runs on the phones that support iOS 13.5 or higher

 

Pennsylvania Reopening Phases

Gov. Wolf is using a three-phase approach to reopen Pennsylvania following the coronavirus shutdown. Below is a summary of what each phase includes. All counties in Pennsylvania are now in the Green Phase. For further information, visit the Governor’s website.

Red Phase

Red Phase

Work & Congregate Settings

  • Life sustaining businesses only
  • Schools (for in-person instruction) and child care facilities closed
  • Restaurants limited to takeout and delivery
  • Indoor recreation, gyms, spas and entertainment facilities closed
  • Congregate care and prison restrictions in place

Social Restrictions

  • Stay at home order in place
  • Gatherings of more than 10 people prohibited

Yellow Phase

Yellow Phase

Work & Congregate Settings

  • Business with in-person operations must follow safety guidance
  • Working remotely continue where feasible
  • Schools remain closed but child care may open
  • Restaurants limited to takeout and delivery. Beginning June 5, restaurants and retail food service businesses permitted to add dine-in service in outdoor seating areas.
  • Indoor recreation, gyms, spas and entertainment facilities closed
  • Congregate care and prison restrictions remain in place

Social Restrictions

  • Stay at home order lifted, mitigation efforts remain in place
  • Gatherings of more than 25 people prohibited

Green Phase

Green Phase

Work & Congregate Settings

  • Telework must continue where feasible
  • Businesses operating at 50% occupancy in yellow phase may increase to 75%, except where noted for bars and restaurants
  • Masks are required in businesses
  • Schools subject to CDC and commonwealth guidance
  • Self-certified restaurants may open at 50% capacity for indoor dining
  • Hair salons and barber shops open at 50% occupancy and by appointment only
  • Indoor recreation open at 50% occupancy with appointments strongly encouraged
  • Entertainment such as casinos, theaters and shopping malls open at 50% occupancy
  • Prison and hospital visitation determined by individual facilities

Social Restrictions

  • Face masks are required in all public spaces
  • Indoor gatherings of more than 25 people prohibited
  • Outdoor gatherings of more than 250 people are prohibited

Maryland Reopening Stages

Gov. Hogan is using a three-stage approach to reopen Maryland following the coronavirus shutdown. The three stages will be multi-phased within each stage. Below is a summary of what the stages include or may include. All of Maryland is now in Stage 2. For further information, visit the Governor’s website.

Stage 1: Low Risk

Stage 1: Low Risk

The decisions on what “low risk” activities can resume were not announced in whole as one package, but rather as a phased rollout over a period of time using the White House’s recommended gating protocols. Jurisdictions were empowered to make decisions regarding the timing of re-openings in this stage.

  • Employers should continue to encourage telework for employees when possible
  • Gatherings larger than 10 people are prohibited
  • Outdoor dining at restaurants and social clubs is permitted along with takeout and delivery
  • Retail stores may open with a maximum 50% capacity
  • Churches and houses of worship may hold religious services (outside services are strongly encouraged; inside services may be permitted at 50% capacity or less)
  • Manufacturing may resume operations
  • Personal services such as barber shops and hair salons may open at a maximum 50% capacity and by appointment only
  • Pet groomers and animal adoption shelters may open
  • Outdoor youth sports and outdoor activities at youth day camps may resume; outdoor pools open with limited capacity;
  • Outdoor sports courts that provide non-contact activities open; Golf courses, outdoor shooting ranges, boating, camping, horseback riding, parks and drive-in theaters open
  • Practicing physical distancing and wearing masks in indoor public areas should continue

Stage 2: Medium Risk

Stage 2: Medium Risk

During this stage a large number of businesses and activities may reopen. Any businesses that reopen during this period will need to comply with strict physical distancing and appropriate masking requirements. Gov. Hogan will again allow some county health officers and local governments to determine, if it is appropriate to resume specified activities within their jurisdictions. Within this stage there will be sub-phases with capacity restrictions.

Examples of changes that could be implemented in this stage include:

  • Raising the cap on social gatherings, including indoor religious gatherings
  • Permitting indoor gyms to open
  • Opening childcare centers
  • Returning to normal transit schedules
  • Allowing indoor dining in restaurants and bars with restrictions
  • Allowing elective and outpatient procedures at hospitals

Stage 3: High Risk

Stage 3: High Risk

Moving to this stage will require either a widely available and FDA-approved vaccine or safe and effective therapeutics that can rescue patients with significant disease or prevent serious illness in those most at risk to reach a full return to normal conditions. The high risk stage will also have sub-phases with capacity restrictions/gating.

Examples of changes that could be implemented in this stage include:

  • Allowing larger social gatherings and higher capacity in bars and restaurants
  • Lessened restrictions on visits to nursing homes and hospitals
  • Opening entertainment venues
  • Allowing larger religious gatherings