TL;DR: Philadelphia could become the first big city across the country to give workers stronger legal protection if they call out unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Some doctors are now saying face shields — curved sheets of clear plastic covering the entire face —can be used instead of masks or bandanas to prevent the spread of coronavirus while making it easier to breathe and communicate. Here is a video showing how a shield and mask affect germ spread.

— Ellie Silverman (@esilverman11, health@inquirer.com)

What you need to know:

🏠 Southeastern Pennsylvania counties will officially move into the “green” phase of reopening tomorrow. Philadelphia will also proceed to the green stage, but with a modified version that keeps some restrictions in place until July 3 or later.

😷 Bucks County officials said they have seen an increasing number of residents who contracted the coronavirus after traveling out of state. The county’s health department will patrol bars and restaurants to ensure patrons are wearing masks and social distancing as the county enters the “green” phase.

🏥 New Jersey added 1,854 coronavirus deaths on Thursday after the state began including probable cases in its count.

👐 Delaware was set to loosen restrictions Monday, but Gov. John Carney iss delaying the next reopening phase because “too many Delawareans and visitors are not following basic public health precautions.”

📚 The University of Pennsylvania will test all students for the coronavirus when they return to campus for the fall semester.

📰 What’s going on in your county? We organized recent coverage of the coronavirus pandemic by local counties mentioned in the stories to make it easier for you to find the info you care about.

Local coronavirus cases

📈The coronavirus has swept across the Philadelphia region and cases continue to mount. The Inquirer and Spotlight PA are compiling geographic data on tests conducted, cases confirmed, and deaths caused by the virus. Track the spread here.

Philadelphia City Council unanimously approved a bill that will make it illegal for employers to fire, discipline, or otherwise retaliate against workers who call out unsafe working conditions during the coronavirus pandemic, my colleague Juliana Feliciano Reyes reports. If Mayor Jim Kenney signs, Philly would become the first big city in the country giving workers stronger legal protection against this kind of retaliation. Read more about the anti-retaliation bill here.

Some doctors are now saying face shields — curved sheets of clear plastic covering the entire face —can be used instead of masks or bandanas to prevent the spread of coronavirus, while making it easier to breathe and communicate, my colleague Stacey Burling reports. Read more here.

Helpful resources

You got this: Defuse arguments over masks and personal space

As the region approaches the “green” phase of reopening and people are leaving their homes more, my colleague Nick Vadala spoke to local mediators and conflict-resolution experts about what to do if you need to defuse arguments over masks and personal space. Read the tips here.

🎆 Fireworks seem to be the soundtrack of the summer. Here’s what the rules are.

🎶 Hot picks for this summer weekend: The Roots Picnic live stream, a Garth Brooks drive-in concert, must-see TV, and outdoor attractions that are open.

😷 Video: How a shield and mask affect germ spread

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